There is evidence of a water mill at Cenarth in the 11th century but this one dates from the 17th. An earlier model came into the possession of Edward I when he became Lord of the Manor of Cenarth in the late 13th century.
The mill (and kiln) remained in use until 1939. It was idle until 1954 when JR Williams, Crosshands, took over the tenancy and after substantial repairs milling resumed for a scheme to export oatcakes to the US. During the 1960s the mill and weir fell into disrepair, and it was sold off with other Cawdor estates during the 1970s.
The Mill was purchased by Mr Martin Fowler in 1983 and now forms part of the National Coracle Centre.
The Mill is in working condition, but on account of the state of the weir it is run only when the water is high.
(Text mainly adapted from Y Felin Cenarth ©1991 The Coracle Centre; history by Eluned Philipps and C. Merfyn Thomas)