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Good Morning Everyone,

This is the Old Mill at Lower Slaughter. (Craig, you can rename your house Lower Slaughter so that you can say you live there.)

As you can imagine, I took a few shots here and was unsure about which photograph of this old building to post. Anyway, I will show the others as workshops, here and here . I'm sure there will be different opinions but, that's the beauty of art!

History of the Mill:
A Mill is recorded in the Doomsday Book of 1086 on the site of the The Old Mill.

In the 14th Century it had begun to be known as Slaughter Mill and by the 18th Century had become independent of the manorial estate.

In its later years The Old Mill, situated on the River Eye came into the ownership of the Wilkins family. From the First World War up to 1958, the last year of flour production, the business at the Old Mill, Joseph T. Wilkins & Sons, was run by grandson Joseph Morris Wilkins, Joseph Wilkins was the last of four generations to mill at Lower Slaughter, as he had two daughters, Pauline and Susan but no sons, so regrettably no-one in the family was able to continue the business.

In 1959 part of the Mill House was turned into a local Post Office and Shop. The bakery section grew steadily and in 1992 they moved to larger premises at Manor Farm in Upper Slaughter, and sadly the mill went out of business.

The Old Mill re-opened its doors to the public for the first time on National Mill Days, Sunday 14th May 1995.

It is now a thriving craft shop and tea rooms.

I love how we can see both the water wheel and the tall mill chimney, both instrumental in powering the mill.

Thank you for your interest, Bev :-)

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