Stafford medieval mill to be preserved


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The remains of a medieval watermill in Millbank, Stafford are to be preserved. The remains thought to date from the 14th or 15th centuries were uncovered whilst digging a trench as part of a £3.6 river improvement scheme on the River Sow.

The site was a known 19th century mill, but a 17th century wall and the earlier timbers were uncovered by Jackson Civil Engineering. An alternative route for the pipe is now planned, and the original trench carefully backfilled after archaeological recording and tree ring samples will be taken.

Update: An earlier report from the BBC had a few more details: The site is at the junction of Tenterbanks and Mill Bank with Water Street. Its been worked on by a team from Birmingham University's Field Archaeology Unit. Diagonal tooling on a sandstone wall suggested it belonged to a 17th century watermill. Research has shown that in 1086, the canons of Stafford had a mill, but it is not clear that it was in the town.
Item: #61, Posted: 27/3/03.


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