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It is uncertain when the Mill was built (The Domesday Survey recorded the existence of three mills in Godmanchester) but the earliest record of the Corporation of  Godmanchester letting the Mill seems to be in 1499 when it was leased to a John Stokes with a clause in the lease that said his wife was not to visit the Mill  for the purpose of interfering with the machinery.

 

In 1563 the lease was held by a Matthew Stokes and a William Green in1625. Other lease holders up to the closure of the Mill in 1884 included S Bates and Fox, R Beart and Robert Bates. The Corporation for sometime after the closure of the Mill used the ground floor as a stable and store but after years of neglect the Mill was eventually demolished in 1927.

 

In Frederick Birds Book Reminiscences, (1911) he recalls visiting the Mill and was fond of feeling the warm flour as it ran down the spouts into the bins fresh from the grinding stones.

 

The Mill was a hive of industry and the yard occupied with carts and wagons bringing in the corn, I used to like watching the machinery drawing up the sacks containing the flour, going back again to the dressers through the trap doors on the various floors.

 

There was a large wagon shed facing the street where two double-shaft tilted wagons stood when they were not in use, there were generally three horses in each. I think altogether from ten to a dozen men were employed. Some of the millers I knew were J. Burley, W.Cooper, C. Cooper, G. Capham,  A, Fear and F. Flegg. The first foreman I knew was John Cooper and he was succeeded by William Baker. They lived in the mill houses facing the street.

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