This beautiful stone built water mill stands on the farm Spring Grove in the Kowie River valley near Bedford.
It is a few metres from the cricket ground, opened in 1998, which is the only privately owned cricket ground in South Africa to have hosted an international match (against Bangladesh). The oak trees at the ground were planted along the mill stream in 1837 from acorns brought from Jedburgh in Scotland.
The mill itself was built in 1839/40 by William Stewart Ainslie, the great-great grandfather of the present owner, Lochart Ainslie.
The mill continued milling grain for the area until June 1983 when a tragic accident took place. The miller, Totoi Mdliva, fell into the machinery and was killed. As a result of this the owner of Spring Grove Farm decided to close down the milling operation and removed the millstones.
These he incorporated into a water feature to serve as a memorial to the dead miller.
The mill is still in an excellent state of preservation and serves as a tea room and bar during the annual Bedford Garden Festival and at cricket matches.
As this is private property, kindly contact the owners if you wish to visit the mill.
On the R63 between Bedford and Adelaide, 9.3 km out of Bedford or 13.2 km from Adelaide, is the turnoff to the Kowie River valley.
Follow the gravel road for 3.4 km and then turn left at the crossroads. After another 3.6 km you will pass the entrance to Cavers (clearly marked) and a little further you will find the entrance to Spring Grove, also clearly marked.