Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

The Mills Archive Trust is striving to preserve the history of Hampshire’s past, which was shaped by hundreds of mills. Below are links to thousands of records, ranging from photographs and books, which are available to purchase. Much of our records come from key collectors, such as Tony Yoward, a former trustee of the Mills Archive, member of the Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Group and President of the Hampshire Mills Group.

The most extensive survey of Hampshire’s overlooked windmills is in Guy Blythman’s Windmills of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It provides a detailed history of the counties’ mills as well as insights into the lives of the millers who operated them. You can click here or below to purchase the book.

The types of mills in Hampshire

Blogs and articles on Hampshire

·         A lonely fight for survival: https://new.millsarchive.org/2018/07/17/a-lonely-fight-for-survival/

·         Mills go mystical: https://new.millsarchive.org/2014/09/08/mills-go-mystical/

·         Smugglers’ Mills and Nefarious Thrills: https://new.millsarchive.org/2020/04/24/smugglers-mills-and-nefarious-thrills/

·         Tales in timber: https://new.millsarchive.org/mills/index/?which=6677

·         The mill that was once a warship: https://new.millsarchive.org/2017/08/02/the-mill-that-was-once-a-warship/

·         Water powered grain milling in southern and eastern England between the 5th and 11th centuries: https://new.millsarchive.org/2021/06/01/water-powered-grain-milling-in-southern-and-eastern-england-between-the-5th-and-11th-centuries/