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Mill History

A source of information on the history of mills and millers.  If you have something for this page, please send it to us. Contact us
DATABASE OF HAMPSHIRE MILLERS   

From the archives of the Hampshire Mills Group and Tony Yoward, here is a database of the millers of Hampshire from 1086 to 1795.  This is a live document so if you have information that can add to this please send it to us.

To see the database sorted by date, click here.

To see the database sorted by surname, click here.

 


 

 

Millers by date

Millers by name


HISTORY OF MILLING

An interesting article by Tony Yoward on the history of milling up to 1850.
                                                                                        

Milling history
What does one do with redundant mill machinery? 

When the Slipper Sailing Club purchased Quay Mill in 1974, it still contained some machinery, shafting and various items which had to be removed before the conversion could be done.   The Hampshire Mills Group was contacted and said that they could not only move, but also find good homes for the items.  So we thought members might like to know what has happened to it.
Quay Mill

SHIVER ME TIMBERS

How an American warship ended up in South Hampshire ! 
The timbers in the mill, from the United States Frigate Chesapeake, form one of the largest and most significant groups of an 18th century ship timbers surviving in Britain today.  Read the story behind this interesting fact.
Chesapeake

MILLING FAMILIES

The art of milling was often passed down through the family and this is of great interest to family historians who often find a miller mentioned in their researches.  A member of the Hampshire Mills Group, Mary Yoward, has compiled a database of millers over the years.  Eve Logan, who lived in Cambridgeshire, had been constructing a similar database of millers in the east and north, died in 2000, and her research has been incorporated into the database which now exceeds 30,000 references, which patchily covers English counties. A database of millwrights has also been compiled which contains about 3,000 names.

Details include the millers name, town, mill, date with notes and the source of the information.

An example for the Ellis family at Headley Mill is here Ellis family

These databases may be found on the The Mills Archive  website.

 

HOUGHTON MILL A contribution from descendants of millers at Houghton, now living in the USA. 
Houghton Mill
DOCK MILL PORTSMOUTH                          Dock Mill
A fine picture of New Dock Mill by Percival Chaplin, together with a detailed history from Tony Yoward
   
 


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