Clapton Mill, Wooburn Green

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

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On the Wooburn Stream, this mill was once used for drawing wire, hence its former name. Prior to that, it was probably one of the four corn mills recorded in 1798. It was later used for the manufacture of paper. In 1855 it was sold, being described as a “well-built brick, boarded and slate Paper Mill”. By the 1930s the mill was standing empty, showing signs of various alterations, the building comprising one brick and two timbered storeys with a slate roof. In 1975, though the water wheel had gone, the presence of gearing, shafting and other equipment suggested that the mill had been functioning until recently under auxiliary power. The mill building, which is on three floors, was the subject of a preservation order.

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Alternative names Wire Mill
Power source Water
Mill type Watermill
Mill function
Archive ID 6796
Location Wooburn Green
Historic county Buckinghamshire
Country England, United Kingdom
NGR SU 900 870
Latitude/longitude 51.48798099, -0.64158040



  • 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)
  • Major, J K, SPAB Mills Section Record Card (1973)

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