Lemsford Mill Gallery

 


In the archives of Lemsford Local History Group  various articles show the following information:

The Mill ­ Lemsford Mill is probably one of four mills on the River Lea at Hatfield recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086 and is known to have milled flour since the 12th century. By the 19th century the miller was a tenant of the Brocket Hall Estate when the Lords Melbourne and Palmerston, two of Queen Victoria¹s Prime Ministers, were landlords. The ancient wooden clad mill collapsed in the mid-1800s but was quickly rebuilt in 1863. Its reconstruction is commemorated by a plaque depicting a lion holding a star set in the yellow brickwork on the back of the mill. It is reputed that upon seeing a beautiful young maiden on the village bridge, J.P. Skelly wrote the music hall song ŒNellie Dean¹ whilst visiting The Mill. Milling continued over eight centuries right up until 1913 when Lemsford Mill became a private residence and later on an engineering works. In 2004 it was purchased by Ramblers Holidays Ltd and converted to offices.

The Waterwheel ­ Tradition has it that in the early 1900s the waterwheel was adapted to generate electricity for The Mill House, making it one of the earliest houses in the area to have electric power. If so, this was a precursor to an innovative development in 2005 when, as part of the refurbishment of The Mill, Ramblers Holidays installed a new waterwheel to generate electricity by hydropower. The breast-shot wheel is the first of its kind to generate electricity in Britain. On average over half of their daily office usage is generated and any excess in the evenings and at weekends goes into the National Grid.


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