High Mill, Addingham
Turner passed through Addingham on several occasions whilst travelling towards Bolton Abbey or Skipton from the home of his Yorkshire friend and patron Walter Fawkes of Farnley Hall. Turner's only visit to sketch at Addingham, however, was in 1808, when he made a short tour of the Rivers Wharfe and Washburn from Farnley Hall.
On this tour he sketched on exceptionally large sheets of paper, in fact some of the largest sheets that he ever attempted to use outdoors. We can only assume that conditions were settled and still for this to have been possible and that Turner was clearly determined to enjoy the conditions at his leisure.
Turner found a viewpoint from which to sketch downstream of Addingham Mill, not far from the pedestrian footbridge across the River Wharfe. From this he shortly afterwards painted a fine watercolour 'Addingham Mill on the Wharfe' (Manchester City Galleries, Wilton number: 548).
The view of the mill itself - upstream from the bridge - is somewhat obscured by overgrowth of trees in the summer, but visible (and remarkably like) in the winter. The footbridge can be accessed from Bark Lane in the village.
Discover The Landscape
The Turner Trails bench is located in Dawson Crossley Field, which is accessed directly from the small car park at the bottom of High Mill Lane, very close to Addingham Mill.
High Mill is also included on the Turner Trails panel at The Strid.
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off Bark Lane, Addingham, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 0RB
Map reference: SE084499View on map
Directions to High Mill, Addingham:
Follow the A65 Ilkley-Skipton road, turn right approximately two miles beyond Ilkley, clearly signposted for Addingham. Turn right into Church Street (signed Bolton Abbey), follow for less than half a mile until it becomes Bark Lane.