Newsletter 107, Winter 2014 © Hampshire Mills Group
the clocks have changed overnight, so the evenings
will now be dark by the time I get home from now on.
good to see so many of you at the AGM; I counted 30
heads in the audience, we then listened to Peter
James talk about his project to re-build Ockley Mill
to make it into his home. A fine job he has made of
know, our Head Miller at Longbridge and long time
Mills Group member, Basil Hunt, sadly passed away in
October a number of the membership attended the
scattering of Basil's ashes at Longbridge Mill.
also heard that Brian Shingler of Gants Mill at
Bruton has sadly passed away. Those of us who went
on the trip to Dorset Mills, about 10 years ago will
remember that when we visited Gants Mill a turbine
had just been installed and was supplying power to
carrying out some research on the mills of the
River Stour I came across a useful and interesting
web site. The National Library of Scotland have
digitized Ordnance Survey maps covering all of
England and Wales from the 1840s to the 1950s,
including the six-inch scale England and Wales
series which covers over 3.500 sheets. You can
browse the maps as
either, individual sheets, using a zoomable map of
England and Wales
as a seamless
zoomable overlay (1888-1913) on
modern Google and OS maps or, as a seamless
zoomable layer (1888-1913) side-by-side with
modern Google and OS maps. An extremely interesting
and useful tool.
first meeting in 2015 will be on March 14th when
Peter Hills will give us an illustrated talk
Alternative uses of Animal, Water and Wind Power"
the venue has yet to be confirmed.
forward to seeing you all at our December Meeting.
what an amazing “molinological” three months we have
September: A Hampshire Mills Group Meeting at
Bursledon Village Hall, which I am sorry to say that
I missed. Then, at the end of the month, a Mills
Research Group Conference, which took place over two
days in Mid-Wales On the Saturday, various papers
were presented and, on the Sunday, we visited six
wonderful and very different mills. I am grateful
to John Brandrick for organising the event and for
agreeing to submit an article for the Newsletter.
John came up trumps and supplied, not only the
article, but some amazing drawings as well. In
order to do his contribution justice, I have decided
to publish it over two newsletters.
October: Eight HMG Members visited Town Mill,
Alresford and an SPAB Meeting was held at West
Blatchington Windmill. What a lovely venue!
November: David and I crossed “The Pond” to America
to attend The Tide Mill Institute (TMI) Conference
which took place in York, in the state of Maine. We
wrapped a two week holiday around it and had a great
time. Due to space restrictions (and time) a report
on this event will follow in the next Newsletter.
cannot thank the contributors enough for the varied
and interesting contributions they have made to this
is a new book recently published by HMG Member Alex
report by Eleanor Yates
Basil's friends assembled for the scattering of his
ashes on October 4th, 2014. The day was damp
outside but, inside his 'home from home' at
Longbridge Mill, the day was warm with our memories
of Basil. John & Sheila Green had arranged a
buffet and drinks - so we enjoyed a lovely party in
Basil's honour. His Basingstoke friends, Arthur &
Betty Thomas, Eileen Poulter and Martin Startup (the
son of Basil's partner, Jo) were joined by HMG
members and fellow millers, Fred Spiers, Mick
Edgeworth, John Silman, Carol O'Shaughnessy, Sheila
Viner, Andy Fish and Eleanor.
New Model for English Heritage
Current Archaeology - December 2014
Government has confirmed plans, announced in June
2013 (CA282) to re-structure English Heritage into
two organisations within eight years. One part,
keeping the name ‘English Heritage’, will become an
independent charity managing the properties in the
National Heritage Collection. The other, ‘Historic
England’, will take responsibility for preserving
ancient monuments and for historic buildings, and
for research. For more information, visit
Laverstoke Mill becomes a Distillery
There has been a Mill on site in Laverstoke since at
least 903 AD but the first official records show
Laverstoke Mill as a corn mill marked in the
Domesday Book of 1086. In 1719 A French Huguenot
called Henry Portal leased Laverstoke Mill and
converted it to make the finest quality hand-made
The Mill has now been sympathetically restored by
Gin Distillers, Bombay Sapphire
and here is their informative website.