E.J.Wilkins

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Place Mill
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This Mill is here
http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=50.730979&lon=-1.774669&z=20&r=0&src=msl

I can't find much about this ancient building, which was a corn mill. The wheel is driven by a small mill stream/culvert that passes to the right of the building as seen in this picture.

There's a little information Dorset County web site.

http://www.dorsetforyou.com/index.jsp?articleid=329430

Place Mill, mentioned in the Domesday Book, survived the dissolution of the monasteries of 1538 and continued to grind corn until 1908 when structural defects forced its closure. After 70 years as a boat shed, the Mill was purchased by the council and restored.  It is open throughout the summer months with arts and crafts on display against a backdrop of working machinery.
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Edit (evening 2nd July) :-
Christchurch Local History Society 'Millennium Trail' plaque attached to the building says this :-
Mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086 valued at 30s* a year, being the property of the Canons of Holy Trinity Church, Place Mill has mediaeval stonework and Tudor and 18th Century brickwork, and was used for both fulling (cleaning and thickening cloths) and corn grinding until 1908.

(*30s = 30 shillings = £1.50)
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Christchurch


Place Mill
,

This Mill is here
http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=50.730979&lon=-1.774669&z=20&r=0&src=msl

I can't find much about this ancient building, which was a corn mill. The wheel is driven by a small mill stream/culvert that passes to the right of the building as seen in this picture.

There's a little information Dorset County web site.

http://www.dorsetforyou.com/index.jsp?articleid=329430

Place Mill, mentioned in the Domesday Book, survived the dissolution of the monasteries of 1538 and continued to grind corn until 1908 when structural defects forced its closure. After 70 years as a boat shed, the Mill was purchased by the council and restored.  It is open throughout the summer months with arts and crafts on display against a backdrop of working machinery.
.....

Edit (evening 2nd July) :-
Christchurch Local History Society 'Millennium Trail' plaque attached to the building says this :-
Mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086 valued at 30s* a year, being the property of the Canons of Holy Trinity Church, Place Mill has mediaeval stonework and Tudor and 18th Century brickwork, and was used for both fulling (cleaning and thickening cloths) and corn grinding until 1908.

(*30s = 30 shillings = £1.50)
.....
If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy.

comments (16)

a crisp one, I like it.
EJWilkins: Thanks Dotun smile
  • Les Auld
  • Southport UK
  • 2 Jul 2007, 00:58
A great old building, glad to see it has been preserved. Well captured.
EJWilkins: Hard to get a decent picture without other clutter in the way, it's odd how this place has survived because it isn't 'pretty' really, is it?
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 2 Jul 2007, 01:41
I'll soon huff & puff and blow this house down, know it looks that way but probably is a lot stronger :d

Suby
EJWilkins: It looks a bit like that doesn't it? Hopefully though the steel ties will keep it from tumbling.
  • kay
  • Portland
  • 2 Jul 2007, 01:53
Ellie, this is wonderful, historical in nature, and inspiring. Love these old mills.
EJWilkins: I'll try to get inside the building in the summer, see what's there wink
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 2 Jul 2007, 02:08
Anything old like this is so soulful to me, Ellie. I guess you know that by now. The stone against brick feels so...like a story book!
EJWilkins: There might be something about the different stages in building, but it's likely to be tucked away in some deep archive at the county record office, which is in Dorchester, a bit too far to go to chance it. It would be nice to know the whole story though.
I'm so glad the council thought it was worth preserving!
EJWilkins: So am I, a lot of old building were demolished towards the end of 1900s, so it's lucky this one survived
These slightly sagging brick walls have a special charm. Nice capture!
EJWilkins: I don't think any of the walls are straight, in any direction. Goes to show how much a building can lean and twist and still stay standing wink
That`s lovely,Ellie! I love all the contrasting materials on the building - colour is great, too. (:o)
EJWilkins: Ah, well, you know exactly where it is. I found it hard to find somewhere to take a 'decent' picture of the place. Have you had any luck?
A very typical English building - evolved through generations and still with us. mike
EJWilkins: Yep, we're lucky smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 Jul 2007, 12:43
House of Love - see those kisses (XXX) on the wall smile

Great picture
EJWilkins: And as long as the kisses don't blow away the walls will stay standing wink
A lovely old building - I like the different types of stone.
EJWilkins: MAkes it sort of intersting, doesn't it smile
nice place Ellie..it's quiet....
EJWilkins: Quiet round there on a wet day, but in the summer it gets quite busy,
An historical place... !! What a nice house... I would love to stay there for a while...
EJWilkins: I think you'd like Christchurch, it's a lovely little town, sort of cosy and friendly. smile
Wonderful building with lots of history. Love the random brick and stone from different eras of construction. Nice one Ellie. David.
EJWilkins: Thanks David, I'd like to know more about the history but I suspect it would mean a trip to the county record office in Dorchester, which is a bit too far.
Very nice old building - You've got it perfectly Ellie smile
Nice place, Ellie! One building, two times. Stones and bricks smile

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