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Whitehouse Mill

Period: Modern

NGR Easting: 232373

NGR Northing: 490854

Description: Modern watermill and associated water management.

The Ordnance Survey 1:2500 mapping of 1869 shows a building at the grid reference provided, adjacent to which is a leat served by a weir and a millpond. Although not annotated as such, the building served as a mill, presumably for processing the agricultural produce of the farm.

Waterpower is supplied by a 160m leat, drawn off from a weir in the stream which passes through the farmstead. Further upstream the watercourse divides, and one tributary is dammed, creating a millpond to store power during summer or times of heavy use. This is located a further 160m upstream from the weir. No tail race is marked on the OS mapping, but such a feature would only need to be of minimal length to re-enter the adjacent stream.

The building is still extant, and while the millpond is drained, its dam still stands.

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Site & Monument Type: watermill

Category: National Monuments Record: Archaeological Sites [multi-site]

Site ID number: 1522.00


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