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Flour Mills

Four Flour Mills in this area of West Sussex.
Lumley, Slipper, Gosden Green, Nutbourne

Lumley Flour Mill

Lumley Mill
Lumley employees
Fire Practice at Lumley circa 1911

Slipper Mill more to come.

Slipper Flour Mill


This is a wonderful website which gives the history and preservation of the mill pond.

Gosden Green Windmill

We know nothing about this windmill other than it's location.
I believe this is the sale notice for 17th September 1850.
The Windmill in good working order and 2 acres of land. The miller is Mr Joseph Lane. ~
The properties for sale are in Prinsted, Rowlands Castle and Hayling Island but it doesn't say whether all three properties are owned by the same person or who that is.
The whole area was known as Prinsted, in the Parish of Westbourne at that time and Prinsted did not have any other mill.

Nutbourne Tide Mill

The above picture of the mill is owned by Charlotte Forsythe, great grand-daughter of Arthur Miller

Henry Charles Miller - married Margaret Freeland on 16th December 1833 at Westbourne Church. Margaret and her twin Mary were born in 1812 to Robert Freeland born 1785 and Mary Yalden born 1788.  The Freeland family were Prinsted landowners.
Henry was born in 1811 and the birth registered in Westbourne District which covered a large area from the Hampshire border.
1841 census shows Henry 30, and Margaret living at Sea Side Quay in the Bosmere area of the Parish of Warblington with children Henry 7, George 5, Fanny 4 and Mary 2. 
1851 the family are in Nutbourne Mill and Henry is a Miller Journeyman and son Henry (17) is a miller’s apprentice and George (15) a butcher boy.
Fanny 14, Mary Ann 11, Selina 8, Emma 2. 
1861 Henry and Margaret are still in Nutbourne Mill House.
They now have twins Walter and Arthur aged 9, born 11th April 1852.
Their two eldest sons are not included but Selina (19) has married James Hillyer (21 listed as a Miller) with a son George 5mths.

1869 - Henry 57, Margaret 56 and their family, except the two eldest sons,  are on the SS City of Paris with two Grandchildren  George 5 and Charles 4. They left from Liverpool and arrived in New York on 1st November 1869. 

Selina and James Hillyer, (Miller) are shown on the 1861 census living at Nutbourne Mill and having a son George 5mths.
Records show they emigrated in 1869 one assumes on the same ship.

Arthur Miller born Nutbourne 11th April 1852
died 11th April 1933

The Russell Miller Milling Company'
In 1882, Mr. Russell and Arthur Miller formed a partnership in operating the mill acquired from Walker. Miller, who had gained his milling experience in England, accepted responsibility as superintendent of the mill's operations. An interest in a quality product and utilizing the best milling processes led Mr. Miller - to promptly replace old stone burrs with rollers in the first improvement to the water-powered plant. Next, the old water wheel was replaced with a steam engine. These alterations enabled the mill to produce 175 barrels of hard wheat flour per day.

In 1886 Russell and Miller took the first step in a series of expansions which would eventually make the company the fourth largest milling firm in the nation. This was the purchase of a second mill at Jamestown, North Dakota. Subsequently, the partnership was incorporated as the Russell & Miller Milling Company.

location on mill 1872
Mill location 2022

The plaque fixed to the wall by Calvin Soper and unveiled by David Holman on 10th October 2022.
The mill pond below, now full of reeds.

More to come, ran out of time.