Historic Mills in the North of England

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Lecturer: Duncan Hutt

Mill wheel

There were once hundreds of watermills across the northern counties of England as well as a lesser number of windmills. They carried out a wide range of industrial tasks from corn milling to cloth weaving - anything requiring power. With developments in 19th century agriculture, many local farms also embraced water power to drive the agricultural revolution of the time.

In this lecture Duncan explored the history and development of water and wind power across the region concentrating on a few local examples to illustrate the changes that have occurred over centuries of renewable power use until its demise in the 20th century.


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