Alan Stoyel is one of the country’s leading authorities on watermills, with a lifetime of experience, and a number of publications, behind him. He restored a water-powered corn mill, which he then ran as a part-time business for many years, selling the flour. After retirement from the Architectural Division of English Heritage, where he was an investigator of  industrial buildings in general, and mills in particular, he sold his mill and moved to Kington. He now acts as a consultant on mills for various bodies, including English Heritage – who also employ him as a part-time miller at Mortimers Cross Mill. He is presently engaged in recording and researching the watermills of Herefordshire.