ⓘ Devils Grinding Mill

                                     

ⓘ Devils Grinding Mill

The Devils Grinding Mill, sometimes known as the Devils Hole, is part of The Angels Drainpipe, a partially collapsed cave system on the River Eden in England, which forms dramatic gorges and natural arches. It is south of Kirkby Stephen, within Stenkrith Park. The water moving with the caves and gorges produces an incessant roar. Geologically it is unusual as it has formed not in true limestone, but in brockram, a breccia of limestone fragments within sandstone.

In 1828 he was visited by a travel writer who remembered it as it should, some of the details and spellings have changed or forgotten author:

About three-quarters of a mile East of Kirby Stephen, Westmoreland, is a bridge of solid stone, known as the Bridge Staincroft or Motel stonecroft bridge, under which runs a small but fathomless rivulet. The water roars and gushes through the surrounding rocks and precipices with such force as almost to deafen the visitor. Three or four yards from the bridge a huge gap where water" ceasing to growl,” who goes by the name "the Devils Hole", a tradition which is that two lovers trapped in this terrible abyss. The neighbouring peasants tell tales one Deville, a lover, who, in revenge, plunged his fair mistress into these waters, and then followed her. As far as this story may get Belief, I dont know but they are saying that is the truth, while they mournfully lament the sad affair. They note a small hole in the Bank, where you can hear the waters dashing with fury against the projecting rocks. These are some imagine the noise of infernal spirits, who took up their residence in this vast abyss, while others persist in their view that the lovers name is the devil, and that he retains his name to this day, in memory of horrid deed. I saw, and a glance at the dreadful place, it is possible to imagine than to describe. One part water was formerly so narrow, that a wager was laid by a gentleman that he can take it with your thumb and little finger, and that he would, but his adversary, getting up in the night time, chipped a piece off the rock with a hammer, and thus won the bet. However, it is now a little more than half, to two feet in width, in addition to the fall and the holes of the Devil. Water flows into the Eden at the distance of about a mile or two from the bridge Staincroft. Trout with a line and net in great quantities, and is especially good.