Item MCFC-25219 - Downstream view of corrugated metal wheel house, Hope Mill, Goudhurst

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Downstream view of corrugated metal wheel house, Hope Mill, Goudhurst


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Notes from Alan Stoyel, 2007: By the time I first visited the mill, in 1954, all the corrugated iron had been removed, but it was still there in about 1937. The strange shape of this cladding is because it covers two waterwheels; a fairly large diameter breast wheel against the mill wall, and a wide overshot wheel of small diameter to the right of it and further downstream (towards the camera). The shaft of the overshot wheel passed across thre tailrace of the breast wheel and into the mill. Each wheel drove 2 pairs of stones. The mill is now a gutted house conversion, although the frame of the overshot wheel was still in place when I saw the place last.

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Printed or higher resolution copies of this image can be made available, subject to a charge. Please see for details. Alternatively, a higher resolution copy can be viewed for free at the Mills Archive; please email to arrange an appointment. This image is copyright the Mills Archive Trust. The original is held by Mildred Cookson.

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