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Map showing the location of Stratton Mill. Image courtesy of the National Library of Scotland
Modern day map showing the location of the mill now lying within the Greenbridge Retail Park. Image courtesy of the National Library of Scotland
The article concerning the employee of Stratton Mill. Reading Mercury & Oxford Gazette Sat 19 Oct, 1867
Article in the Witney Express of Thurs 13 Sept, 1877, describing the damage to all wall belonging to Mr Jones, the Miller
Advertisement showing that the mill is as from then powered by steam. Courtesy of the Swindon Advertiser & North Wilts Chronicle Sat 1 March, 1890
Business was thriving as this article attests. From Swindon Advertiser Sat 18 Feb, 1893
This advert appeared in the Wilts & Glos Standard of Sat 13 Oct 1894

Stratton Mill

The purpose of this Listing is to provide what information we have to date on Stratton Mill. A look at the map attached may well surprise many readers as to where it was located being within the Greenbridge Retail Park. However, a careful look at later 19th century and early 20th century maps will show the water course that flowed through the site and it is that source of power that the millers needed.

The earliest knowledge we have of the mill comes from within the newspaper, The Reading Mercury & Oxford Gazette, dated Saturday, 19th October, 1867. It provides the information that the mill owner at the time was Samuel Miller who had the irksome task of retrieving one of his employees who had decided to steal money belonging to the mill and drink it away at a public house in Shrivenham.

At this time, the mill would have been powered by water supplied by the River Cole that still flows through the site today but much managed by the retail park structure. It is highly likely that a mill had been sited on this spot for many years earlier, but as yet, we have no information to confirm it. An advertisement that appeared in the Swindon Advertiser and North Wilts Chronicle on Saturday 1st March, 1890, stated that the mill had been purchased by Albert and Edward Hayes, trading as, Frogley & Deacon and that it was to be powered by steam.

Business seemed to be doing well in the subsequent years after converting to steam. Articles appeared in the local newspaper informing of the company's success in winning contracts. However, by 1894 they are advertising for a General Miller and Engine Driver and at the end of that year they are offering the business either to let or for sale.

From this point onwards we have very little information. Printed in the Bath Chronicle & Weekly Gazette for Thurs 12 Oct, 1911, there is an advertisement for a, 'Miller for a Country Mill & Corn Store, Stratton,' but from that point onwards there is no more listings in the newspapers. We do know that in the 1950s and 60s there was a Slaughterhouse and Yard on the same site.

If anyone has any further information on this mill, especially any photographs, please contact us on info@shrivenhamheritagesociety.co.uk.

 

  • Year:
    2019
  • Place:
    Stratton
  • Ref:
    Online only
  • Item Ref:
    N854
  • Find it:
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