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Chase Mill

Historic Chase Mill, which is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 is currently the headquarters of Subacoustech Ltd.. The mill building, although derelict at the time of purchase in 1996, had been preserved in a unique and untouched state largely as a result of it having a constant flow of water from the Sandboil springs. The mill had consequently never been "improved" by conversion to oil or gas engines, and hence it is probably one of the best preserved Victorian mills in Southern England.  
The millpond and its surroundings are a calcareous fen, and are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), with a glorious mix of rare acid and alkali loving plants. In the summer the grassy slopes are awash with butterflies, insects and flowers. The millpond is a stronghold for many rare species, including the Moulin snail.

Over the last few years a vast effort (partly funded by Subacoustech) has been expended on restoring the mill and its environment and opening it to the public, in collaboration with Hampshire County Council's Countryside Service. Chase Mill is once again milling flour from local grain. The mill has been designated a building of "unique industrial archaeological significance" by the European Commission, along with three further mills in Europe.

 
   


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