We now know that the dwelling that was known as Tuckmill Cottage located at Watchfield, 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. Documents within the Berkshire County Archives at Reading and the National Archives at Kew have revealed more information from numerous visits made in 2016 - 19.
Nothing now remains at the location above ground apart from a few stones that are relevant to the enlightened visitor. The research was carried out by SHS member Neil B. Maw, and most of it was written up during the Pandemic of 2020 as seperate PDF documents.
The above-mentioned file also includes at the end a small booklet written by Victor Paget who lived in the cottage for several years with his family. Please note the caution at the beginning of the document.
To read the combined file in PDF format please go HERE
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