STGCM1967.170/1 One of a pair of Anglo Saxon Mill Paddles

Anglo Saxon era Mill Paddles

These paddles are from a horizontal water mill and are thought to date from the Anglo-Saxon era.

They are both made of rough oak which has not been smoothed or finished in any way. They were recovered from the Egypt Mill area of Nailsworth by workmen who were diverting the river and working on a road which now cuts the stream which would have fed the horizontal mill.

They were in fact dredged up from the water, which explains their marvellous state of preservation, they have since been treated with Polyethelene Glycol to preserve them for the future.

Did you know?

Horizontal Water Mills like the one that these paddles came from would have been the first mills in the district - they would have been used in flour production.


To find out more about Mills in Stroud visit the Stroudwater Textile Trust


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