Woodmill is a mill of great antiquity located on the Itchen, west of the Wood Mill Lane crossing. There has been a mill here since medieval times and it is mentioned by name in early medieval documents. It was presumably originally of wooden construction, but has been many times rebuilt. The modern history of the mill starts in 1781 when the famous naval block maker, Walter Taylor, built a block mill alongside the two existing corn mills. All of these buildings were destroyed by fire c.1825, and it is thought that the present buildings were built soon after this. The flour mill ceased operations in the 1950s, and the buildings have since been converted to a canoeing centre.


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Photograph, c.1930


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Photograph, c2000

Further reading:
Southampton Occasional Notes, 2nd Series, by ‘Townsman’, p83. (HS/h)
'The salmon fishery at Woodmill near Southampton' by Edward Roberts,in Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society, Section Newsletters, New Series, no. 21 [ie 22], Autumn 1994, pages 32-33, with an addenda by Mark Page; also Woodmill again in no. 23, Spring 1995, page 8


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