Fole is a scattered small village around the A522 road between Cheadle and Uttoxeter, south-east of Stoke-on-Trent.
"This mill was built in 1771 for Henry Copestake who, along with his brother Thomas, ran a jewellery business from Uttoxeter. They were well known goldsmiths throughout the Midlands and the water mill was Henry's pet idea for speeding up the process of lapidary, the polishing of gemstones, which was normally a long job to do by hand.
This was before electricity was introduced. Water mills were utilised in various trades on the River Tean from Lower Tean down to the Cotton Mill Farm prior to joining the River Dove. There were six mills working the same water as it passed through."
The dairy closed in March 2009 after 60 years of milk production and is currently up for sale. http://www.uttoxeteradvertiser.co.uk....asp?ID=371256
This is the old mill section of the works; how much of this was used when the dairy was in operation I don't know. I didn't take too many photos as I'd walked past a security man (he was sat in the gatehouse by what must have been the main entrance to the old mill. It must get quite spooky there at night because the mill entrance is off the main road and very few cars or people will ever pass by) and assumed he'd be watching me on CCTV.
Some of the newer structures