Pitstone Mill, Pitstone

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

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There are early references to one, or possibly two, water mills from 1231, 1306 and 1346. In 1520 William Cowper had custody of Pitstone mill for a twenty-year period. For three or more centuries thereafter there is virtually no recorded history of the mill. Bryant’s 1824 map shows Pightlesthorn watermill – the old form of the village name. In his 1930s account Stanley Freese identifies the watermill as a pink-walled, slate-roofed building next to the Bell Inn on Marsworth Road. Various internal features showed the building to be of a considerable age. Within the building was a 15 foot overshot wheel, 5 ft wide, which although not being worked at the time could soon have been brought back to life.

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Alternative names Brook End Mill
Power source Water
Mill type Watermill
River Great Ouse, Whistle Brook
Mill function Corn mill
Archive ID 11761
Location Pitstone
Historic county Buckinghamshire
Country England, United Kingdom
NGR SP 94243 16057
Latitude/longitude 51.83520000, -0.63360000



  • 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)
  • Historic England National Heritage List for England
  • Ordnance Survey six-inch map, Buckinghamshire XXX (1884)


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