Off Fleet Street from Public Hall behind houses to Barton End. Large green for bleaching yarn. Yarn Barton was the extensive area, now principally a car park, between lower Fleet Street and the perimeter wall of the Manor House.
Broadwindsor had two flax mills, Yarn Barton and Sandpits Mill Farm producing sailcloth. Sandpit and Yarn Barton had the same ownerships for centuries. Both initially produced sailcloth from handlooms and the latter later converted to steam-powered machinery. Flax and twine spinners later worked at Sandpit, perhaps supplying them for sailcloth making at Yarn Barton. Yarn Barton had extensive areas for drying the sailcloth.
Laverstock Farm House in Dorset is the focus of an isolated estate situated about three miles south west of Stoke Abbott. It falls within that parish for the purposes of record-keeping. In 1858 Stock Abbott was the scene of the last public hanging in Dorset. A cottage in the village caught fire. When the blaze was extinguished, the body of 23 year old Sarah Guppy was found among the embers with her throat cut. A relative, john Searle, was convicted of her murder and hanged on 10th August that year.
There is a weir of about 6 ft behind the houses at Barn fleet. The drop appears to be about the same depth that would work for the waterwheel, but the course of the stream has been altered. The weir and the channel are altered compared with the time of Read’s Mill. However, the depth of channel and the depth of the weir are probably similar.