Tuesday, 20 November 2018

The film star mill

THE country’s only woman miller was the guest speaker at this month’s meeting of the Wargrave Local History Society.

THE country’s only woman miller was the guest speaker at this month’s meeting of the Wargrave Local History Society.

Mildred Cookson, who has worked at Mapledurham Mill for more than 30 years, took members through the mill’s history, which can be traced back to the Domesday Book of 1086, and brought along some of the tools and machinery used in the past.

The current mill has been standing since the 1600s, having replaced the earlier building.

After surviving a fire in 1955, it featured in the 1976 film The Eagle Has Landed in which specially-built extensions were blown up.

It also featured on the cover of rock band Black Sabbath’s debut album.

Next month, former ITN reporter Norman Rees will talk to the society about his experiences working in war zones across the world.

In November, the speaker will be Elise Fraser, who will discuss the archaeology of the Roman town of Silchester.

Meetings take place on the second Tuesday of the month at the pavilion in Wargrave recreation ground, starting at 8pm.

For more information, call Peter Delaney on 0118 940 3121, or visit www.wargrave history.org.uk

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