We now know that the dwelling that was known as Tuckmill Cottage, was part of a farm owned by the Fairthorne family from at least circa 1600. The cottage was historically occupied by the Miller who operated the Mill that lay close to the brook. Further detailed information can be found by going to the links at the bottom of this listing.
Having lived in Tuckmill Cottage, Victor Paget explored some of its history and carried out some minor excavations. He then wrote up a potted history shortly before his death. This A5 Booklet, written in 1983, can be read at the Centre or downloaded. A word of caution though. The historical information in Victor's booklet is not accurate but his own excavations make for interesting reading.
For further detailed information on Thomas Fairthorne please go to N942 in this catalogue
To read a scan of one of the original documents please click HERE
For further information on Tuckmill and other Watchfield Mills click HERE
The lovely water-colour painting may be viewed at the Centre in C1.SHR.3.0.3
Further information has been discovered (2016) which confirms that there was an entire farm at the location of Tuckmill.
To read a detailed account of how Little Mill Farm and Little Mill (aka Tuckmill) came into the hands of Sir Mark Stuart Pleydell in Coleshill, please go HERE
The read a detailed account of the Mill layout please go HERE
To read a detailed account on the type of Mill being used please go HERE
We are always on the look-out for more information about Shrivenham and district. If you have old photos, know of historical facts, old documents (especially deeds) please contact us...
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