Breaking News on the Old Silk Mill

Judith Ellis

Approx. size of Silk Mill site; Silk Mill itself is building outlined in red. The large building on the far left is Mill House
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Breaking News on the Silk Mill

Our research team has just found two property sales advertisements for the sale of the Silk Mill: the first, in 1777, gives us a date for the new building and showing that it was never a corn mill. The second dates to the time after the Silk Mill had closed down and shows, through the number of houses on offer, the extent of the influence of the mill.

Oxford Journal 28 June 1777

CAMPDEN, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, TO be SOLD by AUCTION, JOSEPH PRATT, On Wednesday the 2d Day of July 1777, at the Green Dragon Inn, in Campden, Gloucestershire between the Hours Two and Four in the Afternoon, subject to such Conditions of Sale as shall then be produced,  a FREEHOLD HOUSE, with a Stack of Mills for throwing of Silk, on a good Water, with Engines, and all other Utensils thereto belonging, for carrying on the Business of Silk Throwster in all it Branches; together with a good Stable and other Conveniences, with a Garden adjoining of about Half an Acre of Land. The House and Premises are entirely new and fit for a genteel Family to carry on the said Business; situate in the most pleasant Part of the Town, and near the Turnpike Road from Worcester to London. The whole now being in the Possession of Mrs. Spillbury, under Lease, of which about one Year from July is to come, under the yearly Rent of £5l. though greatly under-lett. For further Particulars enquire of Mr. Thomas Nixon, Attorney, in Campden aforesaid, who will shew the Premises, or of the Auctioneer, at his House Evesham, Worcestershire.

The advert for 1862 can be seen in the attachment

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Please get in touch if you would like to help with unravelling the stories in the many adverts that we have.

The houses are generally not named and we search in the censuses, parish registers and our other transcribed records to identify the families and activities.


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