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Watermills of the Suffolk Rivers

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Rivers Chad - Deben & Gipping


> River Chad, (a tributary of the River Stour)
Alpheton Mill
CO10 9BQ
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Demolished

Long Melford, Hall Mill
CO10 9DY
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See also Long Melford, Withindale Mill on the Stour


> River Deben

Bucklesham Mill, via Mill River
IP10 0BY
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There is little information about the mill on-line except that it was built in either the 18th or 19th century which is rather vague. The mill is featured on Kirby's Map of Suffolk, dated 1736, but it is my belief that it was probably rebuilt sometime after that date. It is a small mill of three floors, standing on the bank of a small river called Mill River, which is a tributary of the River Deben. The locum was on the front of the building and has been removed and bricked-up and replaced with a front porch. It is currently undergoing either renovation or more likely conversion to a private dwelling.
It is sometimes confused with the ESS abstraction borehole which stand to the rear of the mill, and pumps water to Alton Water reservoir in times of severe drought.
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Campsea Ash Mill/Loudham Mill
IP13 0PJ
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The mill and the mill house are listed Grade II*. The old abbey which once stood in the grounds are recorded but not the history of the mill. There was a mill recorded here on the River Deben in Domesday 1086.
Some sources call this Loudham Mill others call it Ashe Mill.
Water for the mill comes from Decoy Pond on the opposite side of the road.
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TM3154 : Loudham Mill with part of Ashe Abbey on the left by Adrian S Pye

Eyke Mill, IP12 2QF
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Near the site where the watermill once stood. All signs of the watermill have disappeared but it may have been owned by Butley Priory many years ago. Site accessed with the kind permission of the landowner.
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Glevering Mill
IP13 0EY
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The left hand end of the main range over the wheelrace, is cased in brick and formed part of the watermill which was demolished circa 1900 and replaced by the single storey brick range extending over the river. This later building housed a waterwheel which pumped water to Glevering Hall. TM2956 : Glevering watermill and millhouse
Photographed with the owner's permission.
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Kettleburgh Mill
IP13 7JS
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Downstream from the footbridge over the weir before the location of the former watermill. LinkExternal link
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Letheringham Mill
IP13 7RE
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The watermill was built in the 18th century with later additions. Basically timber framed with clapboarding and a tile roof. It has two floors and two attic floors to the gambrel roof.
In the foreground the tailrace can be seen rejoining the relief channel.
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Melton Mill
IP13 6DH
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The small disused water-mill in colour washed brick has a plain tiled hipped roof. It is estimated to have been built in the 18th century with additions dating to the 19th century. It stands adjacent to the Mill House which is Grade II listed.
TM2951 : Sluice and weir on the millrace
TM2951 : Sluice and weir on the millrace
All photographs were taken with the kind permission of the owner.
by Adrian S Pye
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Pettistree Mill, Lost
Playford Mill, via River Fynn
IP6 9DX
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The mill never was a real success as the river didn't always carry enough water to keep it working all year. Although there was a watermill at the time of Domesday when there was more water, this mill, which was constructed in the 18th century was eventually abandoned after it bankrupted two tenants. The mill pond and mill race was filled in and the building converted into an extension of the original millers house as it is today. Photographs were taken with the kind permission of the owner.
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Shottisham Mill, via Shottisham Creek
IP12 3EN
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The mill (centre) and the millers house (right) have been converted into a private dwelling house.
There has been a mill in Shottisham since the 16th century
(The following is from Shottisham Parish Plan April 2012)
The millpond, fed from springs rising near Church Lane and others to the north, is now much reduced in size. When milling stopped in the 1950s, it was completely filled in; then partly re-dug in the 1980s.
During the later period of operation, water power was supplemented by steam power. The mill was last used commercially in 1944, and the engine is now in the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.
Photographed with the kind permission of the owner.
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Ufford Mill,
IP13 6EG
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The former watermill was constructed in the 18th century. It is timber framed with clapboarded covering. The gambrel roof has plain tiles to its lower pitch and pantiles to the top. There are two storeys with an attic. The mill race is on the left with a cambered head enclosing mid 20th century cast iron undershot waterwheel. Link
Photographed with the owner's permission.
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Wickham Market, Deben Mill
IP13 0RG
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Woodbridge Tide Mill
IP12 1BY
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The tidemill is one of only two working tidemills in the country. The other is at Eling in Hampshire. At high tide, water is stored in a reservoir lake behind a sluice-gate and released to the water wheel as the tide recedes, thereby milling the grain. By the time the stored water is depleted the tide has risen and refills the reservoir and the cycle starts again.
The reservoir: TM2748 : Woodbridge tidemill reservoir
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TM2748 : Woodbridge Tidemill by Adrian S Pye


> River Gipping
Badley Mill
IP6 8RR
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Barking Mill Not found

Baylham Mill
IP6 8LG
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Off Mill Lane
by Geographer
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Baylham Green Mill Not found

Bramford Mill
IP8 4HA
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Bramford - Old Paper Mill
IP8 4DE
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Now converted to flats.
by Oxymoron


Needham lock &, Hawks Mill (1st lock)
IP6 8LU
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There has been a mill on this site since Domesday. The present building dates from 1884 and is now converted to residential use.
by Evelyn Simak


Creeting, Bosmere Mill (2nd lock)
IP6 8NU
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A fine old mill building, one of several along the length of the River Gipping.
by Andrew Hill


Creeting
IP6 8LL
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Demolished

Great Blakenham Mill
IP6 0NJ
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A view from the middle of the shallow River Gipping, looking upstream under the bridge into the disused lock.
by Bob Jones

Demolished

Ipswich, Paper Mills
IP8 4BZ
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Demolished

Ipswich, Hanford Mill
IP1 2DU
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Ipswich, Horswade Mill
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The AXA building on Civic Drive, Ipswich. The building curved to follow the line of the road.
by Martin Speck


Ipswich, Stoke Tide Mill
IP2 8EU
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According to the Grade II listing Gipping House is a "late C18 or early C19 warehouse used as infantry barracks in 1803. Converted into maltings in 1849".
by John Sutton


Sproughton Mill
IP8 3BD ?
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Stowmarket, Combs Ford Mill, via River Rat
IP14 1BF
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Bridge on Ipswich Road Stowmarket, Suffolk. This road was the A.45 later renumbered A.14 till it bypassed Stowmarket in the late 1970s. The stone tablet in the wall records the widening of the bridge in 1842 see Link
by Keith Evans

Demolished


Stowmarket, Rufford Mill Not found
Stowmarket, Stow Mill
IP14 1EQ
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Stowupland Mill Not found


From Ipswich Dock, the Gipping becomes the River Orwell


> River Orwell

Pin Mill, no mill ever recorded

Copdock/Washbrook Mill, via Belstead Brook
IP8 3LA
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KML

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