King's Coughton Mill and King's Coughton Mill Cottage

Description of this historic site

King's Coughton Mill, a water-powered mill used during the Imperial period for grinding corn and later as a needle mill. It is situated 500m north east of King's Coughton.

Notes about this historic site

1 Although the watercourses are marked on mid C18 maps, no mill buildings are shown; they were probably remnants of a corn mill which had become disused many years before. A needle mill was built here in the last quarter of the C18. Details of ownership exist for the C19 and C20. In the mid C19 both corn-grinding and needle-making were undertaken, later only corn-milling, and after 1945 it was used for wire-drawing and to generate electricity until the mid 1950s. By the early 1960s the late C18 buildings had been converted into dwellings with many alterations. All the machinery has been removed, including the internal waterwheel, and the headrace filled in, though the tailrace is still traceable back to the river.
2 Probably the River Arrow`s sole example of a purpose-built needle mill. The external fabric of the mill survives in good condition and stands as a rare example of late C18 needle mill construction.
3 Photos.
4 Sketch Plans.
5 Two photos of the original mill building and cottage (Photo 1) and the Listed Building (DWA1686)(Photo 2) to the west taken in May 2013.

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