Preston on Stour Mill

Description of this historic site

The site of a watermill for which there is documentary evidence from the Medieval period until it went out of use by the early 19th century. The site was 200m east of St Mary's Church, Preston on Stour.

Notes about this historic site

1 A miller, possibly of Preston, was recorded in 1287 and taxpayers of the vill included a miller in 1327. In 1496 two mills are recorded, apparently under one roof, together with a fishery. The mill belonged to and was leased by Preston manor; in 1691 they were described as three mills under one roof. The mill, standing beside the bridge across the Stour, was mentioned in 1740, but had apparently gone by the early 19th century. In 1896 the site was said to be no longer visible.
2 A weir and some watercourses suggest that the mill site was at SP2050. According to Booth nothing of is known of its early history. It is not marked on Beighton’s map of 1725.
3 The original bridge over the Stour was N of the present bridge. The mill was probably centred at SP2050.

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