Dave Plunkett unearthed this
recording of the first ever meeting of
the Hampshire Mills Group Held at
Eling Tide Mill, on Friday, 29th
January 1982 which we thought
you might find interesting.
Wm. Boothby; Dr. G. Bowie; Michael
Carden; John Ellis; Thomas Freestone;
Cyril Hathaway; Michael Inge; David
Plunkett; John Reynolds; John Silman;
Kevin Stubbs; J. Bruce Tappenden; S.
Tappenden. Apologies. Dr.
Amendments to the Constitution was the
first item on the Agenda; Dr.
Gavin Bowie suggested there
should be a Minute Secretary, a
Vice-Chairman; a subscription of £2 and
a donation to Eling Tide Mill for
The following Officers were elected:
Chairman: John Silman; Vice-Chairman:
Kevin Stubbs; Secretary: Dr. Gavin
Bowie; Minute Secretary: Sylvia
Tappenden and Treasurer: David
The meeting then accepted John
Reynolds’ logo design of a
Medieval Mill Rhynd and Michael
Carden supplied an address for
rubber stamps for stationery etc.
Item 6 was Introduction to Mill
Restoration which Dr. G. Bowie
kicked off with an explanation
of Wind and Watermills Section of
the S.P.A.B. and the
Committee of Regional Groups (COGS)
and the relationship of the
Hampshire Mills’ Group’s
alliance to them. Kevin Stubbs
described the role of the
Hampshire Buildings’ Preservation Trust,
set up in 1975 to restore and sell
buildings. Hampshire County
Council’s Historic Buildings Bureau
also give help and advice.
John Reynolds advised
that H.C.C. encourages
owners to keep historic buildings in
order and helped to restore buildings.
H.C.C. owns some 200
buildings which are of sufficient
historic interest to warrant
preservation. Item 7 concerned
various buildings first of which was
Brownwich Farm. John Silman
said that the Industrial
Archaeology. Group of Southampton
were asked to look at it and he
explained the site. John Reynolds
suggested that the site was of
greater antiquity than previously
realised. For Eling Tide Mill,
reported that 1981 had been a good year.
There was an appeal for £3,000. Eling
Tide Mill had sent bread and a bread
board to the Royal Wedding. Mr.
Ridd (old local baker)
gave regular demonstrations of bread
making at the mill. Animal feed was now
produced. Mr. Freestone
requested signs to enable visitors to
find their way to the mill. Kevin
Stubbs reported that ‘Friends
of Bursledon Windmill’ had been
formed to raise £100,000 for restoring
the Mill. John Reynolds
said that Jim Lewis was
working for the Trust at Bursledon and
that the cap was well on its way;
H.C.C. were replacing some
floor joists. Item 8 was the
Watermill Check List . Dr.
Bowie asked members to visit the
following Mills - with tact - and report
back to the Meeting:
Kevin Stubbs: Nursling
Mill (Armfield Turbine); Wherwell Mill;
Falkland Farm Mill; Island Mill,
Kingsclere; Pylewell and Anstey Mills,
Alton, Whitchurch Silk Mill.
Titchfield; Durley; Waltham Chase.
John Reynolds: Greywell Mill
and Hockley Mill. Dr. G. Bowie:
Ecchinswell; Quidhampton; Longbridge.
John Silman: Greatham
Mill; Breamore Mill. David
Plunkett: Place Mill; Efford
Mill; Throop Mill. Bill Boothby:
Alderholt; Nether Wallop; Upper Mill,
Longparish; Longstock at Stockbridge.
John Ellis: Pilcot and Froyle.
Cyril Hathaway: Boarhunt.
Dr. Bowie suggested that
members finding inflammable materials
etc. should contact Kevin Stubbs.
Expansion of the list of mills
would be extended when opportunities