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Offline kms

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Re: Brompton Mills - Mill Road
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2017, 19:18:18 »

Smiffy...  Firstly: fantastic picture of a mill I've never seen before.  It is noticeably larger than the Stedman`s Mills.  Whether it was built by Stedman is open to question, as it might have been a game of neighbourly one-upmanship.

Second: the mill was built to crush linseed for oil, and converted when that fad ran out quickly.  Attached OS 6" map surveyed 1863-5, which shows three discs, the two Stedmans mills on the left, and the upper one as crushing mill.  So it is probably a bit earlier than the maps indicate, just wearing a different badge.

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Re: Brompton Mills - Mill Road
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2017, 16:10:13 »
This is an enlargement from a view looking across to Mill Road. The two Stedman's mills are visible, but also present is another windmill that can only be the one known as Huggins' mill. This mill is not present on any map I can find so its precise location is difficult to determine, although it was also known as the Charter Street mill. According to Coles Finch it was burnt down so there should be a record of this in a newspaper report somewhere.

I don't think this mill was standing for very long. Looking at OS maps, There was only one mill here in 1866. The second of Stedman's mills seems to have been added by 1869 and they are still both on the 1879 map posted by kyn. By 1885 there is just one mill again, and according to Coles Finch this was gone by 1892. We know from this image that Huggins' mill was standing at the same time as the two Stedmans mills, and If the other information is correct there seems to be only two time periods when Huggins' mill could also have been present - after the 1869 map but before the 1879, or after 1879 map but before the 1885. So perhaps eight or nine years at the most, meaning that this might well be the only image ever captured of this elusive windmill.


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Re: Brompton Mills - Mill Road
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2012, 09:29:33 »
I took this shot in 2010 including all of the street furniture. In 1841 John Stedman lived in Nile Cottage built 1722 (far left in B & W photo). He was buried in Rainham in 1846. One of his sons, James appears to have taken over the business and from the 1851 census onwards the Stedman family lived at No 75 which is located in front of the windmills. John Stedman seems to have been a master of all trades from building and servicing windmills to repairing and rehanging the bells at Rochester Cathedral to repairing the clock at Gillingham Church. James Stedman is later listed as a Farmer and Miller. Interesting to note that in the nearby Nile Terrace (which James may have built) lived Henry Huggins in 1851. Huggins owned a nearby mill.


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Re: Brompton Mills - Mill Road
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2012, 21:17:08 »


That's an excellent picture, which I've never seen before.

One of the mills is alleged to have been moved from Snodland by barge in 1839.

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Re: Brompton Mills - Mill Road
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2012, 07:52:51 »
This photo, taken from what is now the car park of Mid-Kent College, was the view showing the two windmills of Brompton Mills. They were erected by John Stedman who, besides being a miller, was also a millwright. There is a lot more information in "The Gillingham Chronicles" which also published this photo. It must have been taken before 1892 when the windmills burnt down.
The Stedman family lived in Mill Road.


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Brompton Mills - Mill Road
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 21:46:57 »
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