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List of watermills in the United Kingdom

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The use of water power in Britain was at its peak just before the Industrial Revolution. The need for power was great and steam power had not yet become established. It is estimated that at this time there were well in excess of ten thousand watermills in the country. Most of these were corn mills (to grind flour), but almost any industrial process needing motive power, beyond that available from the muscles of men or animals, used a water wheel, unless a windmill was preferred.

Today only a fraction of these mills survive. Many are used as private residences, or have been converted into offices or flats. A small number have been preserved or restored as museums where the public can see the mill in operation.

Kingsbury Watermill Museum, St Albans

This is a list of some of the surviving and demolished watermills and tide mills in the United Kingdom.

The Lesson of the Water Mill
 

Listen to the water mill
Through the livelong day;
How the clicking of the wheel
Wears the hours away.
Languidly the autumn wind
Stirs the withered leaves;
On the field the reapers sing
Binding up the sheaves;
And a proverb haunts my mind
And as a spell is cast,
"The mill will never grind
With the water that has passed."

 

Sarah Doudney,

Contents

EnglandEdit

BedfordshireEdit

 
Stotfold Mill, Bedfordshire

BerkshireEdit

 
Chamberhouse Mill, Berkshire

BuckinghamshireEdit

 
Hambleden Mill, Buckinghamshire

CambridgeshireEdit

 
Houghton Mill, Cambridgeshire

CheshireEdit

 
Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

CornwallEdit

 
Cotehele Mill, Cornwall

CumbriaEdit

 
Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Cumbria

DerbyshireEdit

 
Stainsby Mill, Derbyshire

DevonEdit

 
Otterton mill, Devon

DorsetEdit

DurhamEdit

EssexEdit

 
Bourne Mill, Essex

GloucestershireEdit

HampshireEdit

 
Sadler's Mill, Hampshire

HertfordshireEdit

 
Redbournbury Mill, Hertfordshire

Isle of WightEdit

KentEdit

 
Bradley's Mill, Speldhurst, Kent

LancashireEdit

LeicestershireEdit

LincolnshireEdit

LondonEdit

NorfolkEdit

 
Caley Mill aka Heacham Mill, Norfolk

NorthamptonshireEdit

  • Towcester Mill

NorthumberlandEdit

NottinghamshireEdit

OxfordshireEdit

 
Mapledurham Watermill, Oxfordshire

ShropshireEdit

SomersetEdit

StaffordshireEdit

SuffolkEdit

 
Flatford Mill, Suffolk

SurreyEdit

 
Shalford Mill, Surrey

East SussexEdit

West SussexEdit

 
Westhampnett Mill, West Sussex

Tyne and WearEdit

WarwickshireEdit

 
Wellesbourne Water Mill, Warwickshire

West MidlandsEdit

WiltshireEdit

North YorkshireEdit

 
Gayle Mill, North Yorkshire

South YorkshireEdit

 
Worsbrough Mill, South Yorkshire

West YorkshireEdit

 
Armley Mills, Leeds, West Yorkshire

WorcestershireEdit

ScotlandEdit

AberdeenshireEdit

AngusEdit

 
Barry Mill, Angus

Dumfries and GallowayEdit

East AyrshireEdit

 
Aiket Mill, East Ayrshire

East LothianEdit

East RenfrewshireEdit

LanarkshireEdit

MorayEdit

North AyrshireEdit

 
Dalgarven Mill, North Ayrshire
 
Giffen Mill, North Ayrshire

OrkneyEdit

 
Dounby Click Mill, Orkney

PerthshireEdit

RenfrewshireEdit

 
Meikle Millbank Mill, Renfrewshire

ShetlandEdit

South AyrshireEdit

 
Millmannoch Mill in the 18th century, South Ayrshire

Western IslesEdit

Northern IrelandEdit

WalesEdit

Channel IslandsEdit

GuernseyEdit

JerseyEdit

 
Le Moulin de Quétivel, Jersey

Isle of ManEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Walk Mill Official Website
  2. ^ Gleaston Watermill Official Website
  3. ^ Heron Corn Mill Official Website
  4. ^ Little Salkeld Watermill Official Website
  5. ^ "Hembury Mill Cottages". Bridport Holiday Cottages. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  6. ^ Daniels Mill Official Website
  7. ^ Arrow Millofficial website
  8. ^ Charlecote Mill official website
  9. ^ New Hall Mill official website
  10. ^ Sarehole MillOfficial Website Archived 2010-04-03 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Gayle Mill official website
  12. ^ Canmore Scottish national database record
  13. ^ Preston Mill Official Website
  14. ^ Talgarth Mill Official Website

Further readingEdit

  • Martin Watts: Watermills, Shire Publications Ltd, UK, 2006

External linksEdit