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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 was 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 Turnpike Bridge by J. Hood courtesy of Swindon Museum & Art Gallery

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 that there were two water course flowing through the site, the River Cole and the Wilts & Berks Canal.

The map attached show that the Mill buildings are located on the Canal, and Kellys Directory for 1889 lists the Miller at Stratton Mill as Samuel Jones. However, 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 powered by steam.

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. But we still don't know if the mill was powered by steam or water at that time.

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.

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