Mill End Mill, Hambleden
On the River Thames, this mill and Olney Mill are widely regarded as the two finest in Buckinghamshire. Hambleden is a Domesday mill, when the rent was worth £1. Parts of the present mill are said to date from the 17th century. Built on a brick foundation, the fine mill has a white, wood-boarded exterior over three storeys, with a tiled roof. Former millers included Richard Fisher (1798), Jethro Lailey (1843), followed by John Henry House. Subsequently the mill business was run by Messrs Barnett, then Messrs Barnett & Smith, and C Barnett & Sons; by the 1930s Messrs James Donaldson & Sons (Oxon) had taken over. Until 1939 the mill was worked by a single undershot waterwheel, about 22ft diameter by 6 ft breadth. At some stage the waterwheel was removed and replaced by a turbine. In 1974 a planning application for conversion was placed. It is now occupied by flats.
|Alternative names||Hambleden Mill|
|Mill functions||Corn mill|
|NGR||SU 783 849|
Anthony Bryan, Mills Research Group Database
Farley, Michael, Edward Legg and James Venn (Ed), The Watermills of Buckinghamshire: A 1930s account by Stanley Freese with original photographs (Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society, 2007)
Major, J K, SPAB, Mills Section Record Card (1974)