After a brief search on the Internet,
including satellite imaging and the
Victorian County History, vol. IV, I
travelled to the Hampshire Record Office
in Winchester about a week later and
spent about 4 hours searching for
historical news about Lymington and its
lost Tide Mill. The professional staff
were very helpful and efficient but the
gem of the day has to be the original
large rolled up Tithe Map of 1840 and
its companion Apportionment Register
which makes sense of the land plot
numerals on the map. I continued with
mapping, other minor historical
photographic and artistic works on views
of Lymington, so making a worthwhile
Relating my HRO news to Tony Yoward by
email he responded with more Lymington
archive data, collected back in 1952.
From the 1871, OS. 1:10,560 map of
Lymington (No.088), I developed an
overlay defining the tide mill
boundaries and a second map to the same
scale showing details of the mill pond
and mill from the Tithe Map So, coming
up is a potted history for mill buffs.
Lymington the place
is recorded in 1086
as the Domesday
survey records ‘Limtune’ as
(or Boclande, xiii C.)
1299 – 1316. VCH, vol.iv, p.646.
Formerly the Manor immediately north of
the riverside settlement of Lymington.
Buckland is now incorporated within the
parish of Lymington. In Buckland were
in Lower Buckland in
1340, belonging to the fee of Buckland,
and probably sited near the
Toll Bridge or predates
the tide mill site.
at Peisford (Passford)
which in 1299 – 1300 was held by tenants
paying a yearly rent of 1lb
The next parish east of
the river was Boldre (with
Walhampton) with a watermill at Heywood
Farm, elsewhere a windmill in 1601.
1661 – Deed of
– [possibly original
deed]. This conveys the site of the
mill pond and adjacent salterns on a
2,000 year lease at a rental of one
penny per annum containing by estimate 5
acres. c.1680 – Lymington Map:
shows the pond but the mill in not
marked at this time. - Ref: J.W.
Beagley 1952. 1795 The town
boundaries defined . 1831 The
Boundaries Commission Report gave poor
results for the town - as it had only
- A drawing or
painting of mill: ‘weather boarded and
tiled roof with an outside open float
wheel’. Ref: JW Beagley 1952.
Millers of Lymington
provided by Tony Yoward).
1779 - BARKER Edward,
miller. Lymington grist mill. Notice of
sale of Estate in Hampshire Chronicle,
1851 – DEXTER Joseph,
miller. Lymington Mill.
1852 – DEXTER J,
miller. Lymington Mill. [Hunt
1855 – DEXTER J.
Lymington, Gosport Street, Hampshire.
No further record of any
miller in trade directories.