Mills and Milling in Gloucestershire, by M Beacham
Published by Tempus in 2005, 160 pages. Paperback (N3766)
Brand New Book
From the rear cover: Despite their central role in society, we know comparatively little about individual corn mills until the seventeenth century, possibly because water mills and later windmills were such a common sight, so much used by everyone, that details were unnecessary. Unfortunately for us, this can mean that even fairly simple questions about early mills cannot always be answered with certainty.
Gloucestershire, riven as it is by fast-flowing streams, already had nearly three hundred water mills when Domesday was compiled in 1086, representing about five per cent of all the mills recorded there. This book presents an overview of the mills of Gloucestershire then and now, before 1700, through the eighteenth century, and taking in their differing uses and later changes