Item BEAM-055 - Mill(s) Identified in Domesday Book

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Mill(s) Identified in Domesday Book


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The Domesday Book was a (taxation) survey of most of England and Wales, completed in 1086. Among other items, it listed the number of mills, with a total of over 6000 mentioned. These mills would have been watermills, or perhaps animal powered mills - the survey was completed before the introduction of windmills. Many places are listed as having a fractional number of mills, which presumably came about because the "mill" was shared, or somehow only taxable on part of it. It's likely that a mill referred to the machine, rather than the building itself - so a single building containing multiple sets of mill stones would have been recorded as several mills.

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