Leri / Lerry Mills, situated at the confluence of the Ceulan and Leri rivers produced Tweed for suit making using both water wheels from the river and workers to power the looms and spinning machinery.

Little history can be found about the mills but they were built on the site of an old furnace which smelted the lead from local lead mines. Records date this back to 1642.  The mill itself stopped meaningful production around 1958-60 in-line with when the UK became a net cotton importer and the general demise of the industry put paid to over 800 mills.  At this time the two mills (the one photographed here is further down the riverbank) were purchased by Mr J Hughes – he ran the mills with his wife till the end of 1980 as a popular tourist attraction.  In the August of 1981 they put the whole site, including a 6 bedroom house, the two tweed mills, a craft shop and 14 acres of land around the river bank with shooting & fishing rights, for sale at a guide price £150’000.  The site appears never to have been sold and has gradually fallen into decay since.


  • Jacqueline Huband, August 24, 2023 @ 13:01

    My dear Father always bought a bale of Leri Tweed and his taylor would produce the most wonderful suit. The quality of the wool was outstanding. Lovely memories.

  • Sally, April 17, 2021 @ 17:49

    Just been reading about this in In Search if Wales by HV Morton.

  • Stephen Smith, December 27, 2020 @ 00:32

    Loved visiting the mill as a child in the 1960s. It was fascinating to see how everthing worked.

  • sara howdle, October 15, 2019 @ 17:29

    Hi Seren Hughes, bit of a long shot, but I’ve been trying to find contact details for your dad. Myself and my then partner used to visit when you were just a youngster and have since lost contact… My new partner is into mines/caving and I would very much like to reconnect.

  • tumbles, October 4, 2016 @ 16:33

    Probably best to not ask

  • Robin, October 1, 2016 @ 18:09

    I would love to visit and take some pictures if some one could let me know who to contact?

  • Seren Hughes, January 17, 2016 @ 15:28

    My family still live at the mill. My grandad, John, will be 90 this year and my father also still lives there. It was an incredible place to grow up. No one is more sad at how the buildings are decaying than us. It is, however, far more complex and expensive to be put simply. Listed buildings are hard work. But I have hopes for the future. I’d ask people visiting to please respect that this is our home, please don’t sneak down if you visit. Only today a group did so. We don’t mind the occasional visitor, but remember the buildings are unsafe too.

  • Naomi Hill, May 11, 2015 @ 16:29

    These pictures are stunning, do you know who owns the mill? How did you get access?

  • Jane Andrews, March 19, 2015 @ 16:07

    We holidayed near here several times in the 50s and my father bought tweed to have made up into suits each time. The suits were good for years and then becam ‘work suits’ as in those days most men worked in ‘proper’ clothes. One of the times we visited my father and the owner had a long discussion about the building work being done on the mill and wheel – my father being a builder and very interested. It is sad to see the mill abandoned.

  • charles cleverdon, February 10, 2015 @ 19:29

    my grand mothers family used to own the mills and it was the most wonderful place to visit as a child, watching the looms being operated by the water mills and elizabeth and john hughes were such good people

  • Diane, June 24, 2014 @ 05:29

    I’ve seen these photos several times and almost weep each time.

  • Eric Caillé, May 29, 2014 @ 21:25

    Superbe !

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