Snakeley Mill, High Wycombe

A water-powered mill in the historic county of Buckinghamshire, England.

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At Domesday six mills were recorded in High Wycombe. In later times, further mill sites were developed. Overall, eleven mill sites are known, ten mills surviving into the 20th century or late nineteenth century. Snakeley Mill goes back to at least 1768. On the River Wye, which is called the Wooburn Stream hereabouts, the mill was originally driven by water, but by the 1930s was powered by a steam turbine. From the late 18th century, for some 80 years, it produced blotting paper. The mill was still operational in the 1930s, but by 1975 the buildings had become dilapidated and were the victim of vandalism. At that time, the mill was for sale, and it was anticipated that it would be demolished and the site developed within four years.

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Power source Water
Mill type Watermill
River Wye
Mill function
Archive ID 11748
Location High Wycombe
Historic county Buckinghamshire
Country England, United Kingdom
NGR SU 906 901
Latitude/longitude 51.59850447, -0.69310439



  • Farley, Michael, County Museum Archaeological Group, "Buckinghamshire Watermills" (Records of Bucks, 24, 1982)
  • Farley, Michael, Edward Legg and James Venn (Ed), The Watermills of Buckinghamshire: A 1930s account by Stanley Freese with original photographs (Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society, 2007)

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