The History of the Town Mill of Droitwich, by Paul Jones

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The History of the Town Mill of Droitwich, by Paul Jones
The History of the Town Mill of Droitwich, by Paul Jones

Booklet published by the Worcestershire Industrial Archaeology and Local History Society, 44 pages. A4 size booklet (N5343)

From the introduction: In this, the first paper to be published by the Worcestershire Industrial Archaeology and Local History Society, the author has provided a history of the Town mill ofDroitwich, as well as a study of the site in the year of its demolition. The millers and their families are also discussed, as the history of those who lived and worked at the mill is quite inseparable from that of the bricks and mortar.

In order to produce this paper, many documents were studied, as was the mill site itself. Documents studied include Census returns, BMD records, monumental inscriptions, maps and plans, early photographs, newspapers, local directories, and several books relating to local history and the history of watermills. All sources are listed in detail at the end of this paper, and a timeline is also provided, which lists the history of the mill from c. 1800 to the present day. In order to make the maps easier to compare, a section consisting of four maps - ranging from 1786 to 1938 - is printed near to the end of the paper.

The first three sections cover the history of mills in general, from Roman times through to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This includes a section, which explains how a mill of this type worked. The fourth section discusses the watercourses of the mill, and the construction of the junction canal in 1853-54. The next three sections discuss the Droitwich Town Mill families of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which includes detailed accounts of the fires of 1909 and 1947.

The last section looks at the mill complex in its final year, and examines the site in order to determine exactly what had survived the of 1909 and 1947. This section includes many images of the mill buildings just prior to and during demolition; there is also a numbered site plan.

 
The condition of the booklet is generally good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs (including a crease along the left hand edge), but the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover
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