Location Newbury

A bespoke studio set in a stunning rural landscape...

Photobarn South operates from The Old Mill, Aldermaston...The Old Mill is an exclusive wedding venue and conference centre that offers us beautiful locations and stunning scenery for our photography courses.

About the Old Mill:
Steeped in traditional charm with its original oak beams, sluices and water wheel, The Old Mill is a tranquil river setting in 20 acres of countryside making it one of the most picturesque venues in Royal Berkshire. The site can be traced back to the Domesday survey of 1086. Known then as Kingsmill it was held by William the Conqueror and valued at 20 shillings, along with the two fisheries at 5 shillings each.

In 1644 the second battle of Newbury saw Aldermaston and The Old Mill feature in one of the many skirmishes to take place at the time between the Cavaliers and Cromwell's Roundheads. One such anniversary was fully re-enacted by the Sealed Knott Society, camping overnight in the Mill grounds and continuing their 'ongoing' battle towards Basing

The present Old Mill was built circa 1800 and used as a flour mill until the 1920s, trading with such companies as Huntley and Palmers. The original iron water wheel was removed during the Second World War and sold for weapons, in which time the Mill was used as a billet, tea rooms and guest house. In 1957 the top two storeys were removed and an oak floor was laid over the old flagstones. Today the Grade II listed buildings continue to exude their old English character and charm.

Getting Here
By Train: We are 1.5 miles away from Aldermaston station which is on the Paddington to Penzance Line, although only a few of the main line trains stop here, it is best to change at Reading for the Newbury/Bedwyn Train . If you need transport to and from the train station we recommend Theale Taxis who you need to prebook. Their contact number is 0118 9302345 and say that you are attending a Photobarn Course at The Old Mill. If you have any problems with transport please contact us and we will do everything we can to help.

By Car: We are located just off the A4 between Reading and Newbury, just 10 minutes from the M4 junction 12.From the M4 take A4 towards Newbury, then take the First Exit off the third roundabout signposted Aldermaston. Follow this road; you will go over a canal bridge, past a pub on your right called the Butt Inn. About half a mile on your right you will see a right turn, the entrance to The Old Mill is 20 yards on your right past this junction. Follow the driveway, please drive slowly there is lots of wildlife wandering around, you will see the Mill ahead of you and the car park is to the right. Our studio is the last building on your left as you enter the car park.

By Air: We are 2 miles from Brimpton Airfield http://www.brimpton-airfield.co.uk, small private planes only, well-kept grass strip of excellent length or 36 miles from Heathrow Airport and the Airport has links via public transport and has a taxi service. You could also hire a car from the Airport.

Accommodation:We have special rates for our delegates at two local hotels. The first is The Hinds Head at Aldermaston which is only a third of a mile away from The Old Mill. See the hotel at their website www.hindsheadaldermaston.co.uk

The Second is 6 miles away and is the Best Western Calcot Hotel see their website at www.calcothotel.co.uk and mention when booking that you are a Photobarn customer to get special rates.

Our Training address is
The Studio
The Old Mill
Tel: 0118 9712365
Company Mobile: 07931 338947
(Use this number if you get lost!)