SHEILA VINER, of the Mills Archive Trust, gave a talk on watermills on the River Thames
SHEILA VINER, of the Mills Archive Trust, gave a talk on watermills on the River Thames at the meeting on May 12.
She told members about 20 mills on the Thames and a further eight on the River Loddon, stretching from Old Windsor to Sonning.
The first was built in the 9th century in Old Windsor and was used for Saxon royalty before the Norman invasion in the 11th century. She also spoke about Shiplake Mill, which originally housed a corn mill and a paper mill, and Sonning Mill, which was converted into a theatre when the milling trade moved from smaller units to big factories.
A Wargrave mill was mentioned in the Domesday Book but ceased to exist before the advent of maps, meaning its location has never been found.
The society’s next event will be on Sunday, June 14, when it will host a village walk as part of the Wargrave Festival.
On Wednesday, June 17 antiques expert Thomas Plant will give a talk at Woodclyffe Hall in High Street, while on July 14 members will visit Bletchley Park. Meetings are held in the Old Pavilion at 8pm.
For more information, call Peter Delaney on 0118 940 3121 or visit www.wargraveÂ history.org.uk