associates water and wind mills with flour production and yet all our mills have
had varied uses adapting to changes as / when fashion or necessity demands.
So, in this and the next couple of issues, textiles take centre stage and
even in this field the products are as varied as the types of textile
manufactured “through the mill”. Our last
general meeting was held at Hampshire’s famous Whitchurch Silk Mill which gave
members the opportunity to see close at hand how that delicate fibre was
transformed into cloth. Here you will find the focus is on flax, wool and horse
hair – all three organic properties worked using intriguing machinery
(originally water driven) into consumer products to wear, furnishings or contain
things. Crux Easton Wind Engine has
enjoyed a humdinger of a year which you can read all about; Andrew Rutter
follows up Tony Yoward’s article on eels with an amusing family tale amongst an
eclectic mix of mill news. Grateful
thanks go to all the contributors. And remember Everybody – keep it all coming
in my direction!
Bursledon Windmill Hampshire County Council
announced drastic spending cuts affecting Hampshire’s only working windmill.
Calbourne Watermill, I.O.W. This 17th century watermill produces and sells
flour every day; take a break from the mainland, pop over for a super lunch
There will be a visit report
with photographs in the next HMG newsletter.
Durley, Nursling, Poland, Sadlers and Upper Mill, Longparish
All these watermills have been
put on the property market plus, just over the border in Berkshire,
Tidmarsh Mills for sale.
We certainly hope that we retain current Hampshire owners as members
and recruit all new owners to our membership.
Concern has been expressed over a press article revealing that the
mill’s owner has sold his house – but not the mill -
and is moving away. The mill is
due to be opened to the public by HMG on January 2nd 2011.
Shears Mill, Bishopstoke.
On their website, in the Projects Section, Bishopstoke Parish Council
announced the intention to restore the turbines. The page carries three
illustrations depicting the mill in the early 20th century. Collaboration is
acknowledged between the Eastleigh Borough Council., Hampshire Mills Group,
the Bishopstoke Society and the Community Association.
The Environment Agency also placed a Notice to impound the water for the
turbine restoration and erection of a fish pass.