The sluice gate is opened up to redirect the water to the waterwheel.
Here are some photographs of us making cider the old fashioned way, with our traditional oak press.
The wheel is connected with a long rope to an apple crusher in the cider barn on the other side of the wall.
Apples are carried to the floor above the crusher and then poured steadily through a trap door…
apples in, pulp out!
And here is the oak press. First, a layer of reed…
…a few shovel loads of apple pulp and straw, the reed is folded up and hazel stakes are used to keep the whole thing together
Pressing the cheese!