Newsletter 98, Autumn 2012 © Hampshire Mills Group
Passing through the mill……………….
Four Red Letter Days at Longbridge Mill,
The first four pictures below illustrate four
special occasions in the last two months; special
enough to warrant them as Red Letter moments: 1.
Brian Chidgey with his son Steve visited during our
July milling and revealed that he had worked with
the millwrights IJP Ltd in restoring the watermill
from its burnt out and derelict state back in the
1990s. 2. The Millwright’s Bench represents the
repair work carried out to the waterwheel (at last)
in July. Then in August: 3. The Three Jolly
Millers are James Lucas (Eling’s new trainee miller
visiting us), Basil Hunt (Longbridge’s senior
miller)and David Plunkett (who mills at Eling and
Longbridge). 4. Rookie Teamsters, Rosemary and
Paul Stileman of Nately Scures near Longbridge; they
threw themselves into the fray of labelling,
weighing and bagging with masterly dedication just
when extra hands were needed most – and it was their
first visit to the mill! Long may they come and bag
Photograph no. 5 was sent in by Tim
Woodcock who is researching the history of Ashlett
Tide Mill. This shows one of the many ‘lives’ of
the mill before it was bought by the neighbouring
oil refinery for workers recreational uses. You can
just make out the basic frame of a boat being formed
and the boat builder himself in the background.
What a good showing of the mills’ timber structure.
Thank you, Tim, for sharing that with us.
Photograph no. 6 was sent in by Peter Mobbs with a
plea. He writes:
“Attached to this message is a picture of a "sled"
that I saw earlier this month. This sled was on
display at "The Wood Festival" at Queen Elizabeth
Park. A notice by the side of the sled stated that
it was originally used as a thrashing/milling
implement. (I was not able to find any person to ask
about this “contraption!) The sled is very heavy as
it is constructed from thick hardwood planks. It is
about 4 ft six long and just about 2 ft wide.The
flat bottom surface of the sled is studded with a
large number of sharp flints which can clearly be
seen in the photograph. The top surface of the sled
is fitted with a large eyebolt. This is to enable
the sled to be pulled by a horse, oxen or some other
draught animal. So, Sheila, I am hoping that if you
are able to include this picture in your Newsletter
inviting feedback then someone might be able to
supply further details of just how it was used? Very
best wishes, Peter.”
So, can you help with an explanation?
Please let us know.