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Bishpstone Mill from the north. Photo by Neil B. Maw
Bishopstone Mill from the north 2. Photo by Neil B. Maw
Bishopstone Mill from the south. Photo by Neil B. Maw
The Mill in 1925. Photo courtesy of Paul Williams
Bishopstone Mill in 1920. Photo courtesy of Paul Williams
The Mill Wheel in 1920. Photo courtesy of Paul Williams
The Mill Wheel end of the building circa 1970. Photo courtesy of Paul Williams
The surprisingly large back of the building built on steep sloping ground. Circa 1970. Photo courtesy of Paul Williams

Bishopstone Mill (north Wiltshire)

This property forms the centre of the village with the building on the north side of the road and the pond that fed it on the south. It is perfectly located to harness the power of the water coming off the Downland behind. The mill house location takes advantage of a steep-sloping, ancient water course that carved itself into a valley, and allows gravity to exert its full force of water on to the wheel.

The Victoria County History notes that there was a mill at Bishopstone in the mid 13th century, and up to four in the following two centuries. The mill building that stood on the site in 1788 was said to have housed two grist mill stones. It was rebuilt by Peter Knight in 1818 and made larger in order to house three pairs of stones. Milling was thought to have come to an end between 1903 - 1907. Today it is a domestic residence.

 

  • Year:
    2018
  • Place:
    Bishopstone
  • Ref:
    Online only
  • Item Ref:
    N207
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