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Map section showing the location of the two mills. Courtesy of the National Library of Scotland Geo-referenced maps
Upper Mill Kingston Winslow - Ashbury circa 1920. Photo courtesy of Paul Williams
Upper Mill Kingston Winslow - Ashbury view from across the Mill Pond circa 1930s. Photo courtesy of Paul Williams
Upper Mill, Kingston Winslow, Ashbury, circa 1930s. Photo courtesy of Paul Williams
Upper Mill, Kingston Winslow, Ashbury. Photo courtesy of Paul Williams
Advertisement detailing how the mill was equipped. Swindon Advertiser Sat 23/9/1893
The Auction reserve was not met. Swindon Advertiser Sat 30/9/1893

KIngston Winslow Upper Mill - Ashbury

The layout of the two mills at Kingston Winslow is typical of mans ingenuity to get double use out of the same water course whilst being relatively close together. The map attached to this listing shows just how close Upper Mill and Lower Mill are to each other. This fact can also present a problem for the researcher with identification of which miller is occupying which mill. 
The Berkshire Chronicle newspaper dated Sat 5th October 1861, provides a name of the occupier of Upper Mill with an advertisement for a sale by auction of stock-in-trade, crops from the field and household furniture. The sale was to be held on the premises itself on Weds 9th October 1861. The Miller is John Spindloe and having been made bankrupt, the Trustees brought about the sale. The Census for 1861 shows that he was married to  Mary who is 32 years old and was born in 1829 in Ashbury. John was born in Northleach Glos in 1827. The previous census of 1851 also includes John and Mary as Millers. John Spindloe   lived to a good age of 81 and was buried in St Mary's churchyard, Ashbury on 23rd Sept 1907. The 1871 census shows that John and Mary Spindloe were still at Kingston Farm but the mill is not mentioned. In 1868 when on Jury service at Abingdon, he is listed as a 'Miller of Ashbury.'
We learn from a sale of this property in 1893 that it is owned by a man called P.A.V. Le Lubey. The lease of the mill was taken on by Henry Pound and the census of 1871 shows him with his wife Emily, six children, a Governess and a Servant. At this time he is 38 years of age and clearly a succesful man. The 1881 census describes him as a, 'Master Miller,' employing two men. He had seven children but no Governess or Servant is listed. In 1891 he still had seven children living with him at the mill, but his 14 year old son, Stephen, is his Assistant Miller. His wife Emily died in 1892.
The sale of 1893 is advertised by the Swindon advertiser, initially to be held at The Crown  pub in Ashbury on 21st September 1893, but for some reason it was delayed to the 28th. But at that auction the reserve was not met and it sold for a lower price (smudged on the article print). Also sold with it were three cottages. The advert for the Mill describes in detail how the mill was equipped. (See newspaper cuttings attached)
Henry Pound continued on as Miller as the 1901 census lists him aged 68. By 1911 Henry senior has retired and his 48 year old son is listed as a, 'Corn Miller,' presumably at the same Upper Mill. Kelly's Directory for 1915 lists that Henry is still there as miller.
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    Circa 19th century
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    Kingston Winslow/Ashbury
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