Newsletter 90, Autumn 2010 © Hampshire Mills Group
What do you know about any of the
or the people who worked
at them and the jobs they did ?
Mill history isn’t just about the
building but about the community who built, maintained, worked in, supplied with
raw material, bought the finished products and shipped it.
That means builders, millwrights, grain, flax and hemp growers and
suppliers, mill owners, mill workers, the rag sorters (for paper making),
carters and boat owners for transhipment, sail makers and so on.
What can you tell us about the Hampshire mills you know?
contact us !
Perhaps, stashed away in an old suitcase,
you have old pictures, photographs or postcards depicting the mill buildings or
the people connected with them. If you
do, will you share them with us? We would
love to be able to ‘fill in the blanks’ and make all the histories on our
county’s mills complete. Here is a good example:
Tom Hine visits the former home of his milling ancestors at Donnington Mill
Berkshire local milling family researcher and historian, Tom Hine, has been
researching his family tree for some years and has traced several lines to
millers of one Hampshire mill (Harley Wespall) as well as various Berkshire
mills, such as Calcot, Tidmarsh, Hamstead Marshall,
then recently discovered that one of his relatives had been miller at Donnington Mill on the River Lambourn.
Hampshire Mills Group’s Webmaster,
Ashok Vaidya, who lives in the Mill House and has acquired a lot
of Donnington Mill’s history in text and photographs, invited Tom to his home
and the two swopped a great deal of knowledge.
A tour of the mill’s remaining brickwork, sluices, plus the turbine and
wheel pit capped a fascinating morning for Tom.
It was a great help to him to see the mill site and learn about the river
as well as previous mill owners’ interactions with neighbouring millers, and,
whilst walking back through the mill house, Tom could imagine his great aunt
giving orders to the servants!.
Many thanks Ashok for your generosity in
sharing time and information which has helped Tom to complete this particular
family line in such a rounded way.
N.B. Tom Hine has donated his vast card
index collection of millers to the Mills Archive;
MAT Volunteer, Helen Major, is busily converting the information to
spreadsheet format for family history
Ashok talks Tom through an aerial photograph
of the mill buildings
by Sheila M Viner