Starts Apprenticeship with Abraham Bennett
James Brindley showed an interest in mechanical work Very early on in his life , and he therefore often visited nearby mills and began to understand and become familiar with the way in which natural forces, such as wind and water, could be harnessed in order to grind corn.
In 1733 and at the age of 17, Brindley became an apprentice with Abraham Bennett, a millwright and wheelwright. This involved making carts and wagons, and also making windmills and watermills that ground corn or sawed timber.
Brindley went on to construct many corn mills including the one in Leek, which he was asked to rebuild in the early 1750's. This particular mill is still there today.