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Page 7

Newsletter 99, Winter 2012  Hampshire Mills Group

Shears Mill, Bishopstoke

 

shears meill

 

Top left image from HMG Archives.Top right image reproduced by kind permission by Hants Library Services. Others by Mick Edgeworth

After what seems like an eternity, work is at last visible to be happening around the turbine at this mill site.

My thanks to Sybil Lunn of the Hampshire Library Service for permission to reproduce an old photograph of Shears Mill, whilst Mick Edgeworth has captured the works in progress over the last couple of months.  When finished visitors will be able to view the turbine through a glass encasement.

Bishopstoke Mill took the name Shears from one of its new owners (Shears and Chamberlain) in 1910 and the Shears family occupied the Mill House.  It was they who had the Armfield turbine installed in 1923 to replace the breastshot waterwheel.  Wheat, corn, barley and maize was milled here until closure.  The building was demolished in 1932.  See page 63 of Mills & Millers of Hampshire Volume 1 for more info.

 

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