Kingsclere's Water Mills
particularly Gailey Mill

This article by Margaret Ingram was first published in the Newbury Weekly News, November 23, 1978
This date should be born in mind when reading the article. Mostly about Gailey Mill but the other mills are mentioned at the end of the article.


 

There must have been some 200 watermills in use in Hampshire at the beginning of the (20th) century, most of them were situated on chalk streams where there was an ample supply of water power. But in the spring of 1969 The Hampshire Field Club and Archaeology Society reported that only 14 were still working. Some mills can be traced back to the Domesday Book when they were largely built of wood and liable to fire. However, many of today's brick-built mills were erected in the late 18th or early 19th centuries.

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