Doug Wall

Doug Wall

Posted on 01/19/2016


Photo taken on September  7, 2014



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Abbot's Mill

Abbot's Mill
There once stood on this site one of Kent's largest mills, destroyed by fire on 17 October 1933. It was the largest building in Canterbury outside of the cathedral. Before that there was an ancient mill on the site owned by Abbot of St Augustine’s monastery, hence its original name, Abbot’s Mill.

Corn mills have been recorded in Canterbury since the time of William the Conqueror. At the time of King Stephen [1135-1154] it is known that there were at least twelve in the city and on hills close by, many belonging to the monks of Christ Church. The mill owned by the Abbot of St Augustine’s monastery was purchased in King Stephen’s time by Abbot Hugh for the use of the monastery.

Following the suppression of the monastery by King Henry VIII the mill came into the King’s hands but was acquired by Canterbury Corporation in 1543. It was known as Brown’s Mill for many years [after the occupier] but reverted to Abbots mill in 1791.

The new building, costing £8000, was built in 1792 and was originally designed as a granary by John Smeaton [who also designed the Eddystone lighthouse]. The building was 60 feet square in plan, and six storeys tall. The base was brick and the upper five storeys were wood, clad in white painted weatherboarding. There were two waterwheels driving a total of eight pairs of stones.

In 1896 it was bought by Denne's and was thereafter known as Denne’s Mill, though it was sometimes called the White Mill. There were two waterwheels driving a total of eight pairs of stones.

Apparently, when it caught fire in 1933 the timber-frame burnt for seven days and nights, half a million gallons of water were poured on the flames and the streets were lined with spectators.
There is a project, The Abbot’s Mill project, which aims to re-instate a water wheel into the old mill race which will generate electricity for an education centre about sustainable living, renewable energy and the importance of the River Stour in the history of Canterbury’s development.

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7 comments - The latest ones
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
I love this sort of thing..........living history. I hope the project to re-instate the water wheel comes to fruition. Superb image.
19 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to Keith Burton
Thanks Keith, I hope so too.
19 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Superb shot!

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19 months ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs travels)
Don Barrett (aka DBs…
I'd always heard that corn was an export from the New World back to Europe and thus much later in time (after Columbus). However, the link below indicates that 'corn' was actually a generic word referring to the leading crop of the area (wheat for England).
agron-www.agron.iastate.edu/Courses/agron212/Readings/Corn_history.htm
19 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to Don Barrett (aka DBs…
In England you will see the description 'corn merchant', never 'wheat merchant' or 'barley merchant'. I looked at a website of a long established business who describe themselves as 'corn merchants' but they never mention 'corn' in their business description, they use the word 'grain' instead, yet they do not call themselves 'grain merchants'. They state their business is "Predominantly centered on the trading of combinable crops such as cereals, pulses and oilseeds" [ yes, the have spelt centred your way :-( ]
19 months ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to Doug Wall
pulses?

It's interesting how many language differences continue even though the globalization argument suggests we're becoming too homogenized.

I wish 'spelt' was what we used, to me it looks better and makes more sense than 'spelled'.
18 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to Don Barrett (aka DBs…
'Spelled' is more to do with Harry Potter surely :-)
18 months ago.