Flitcham Mill
River Babingley


Flitcham Mill disappeared a long time ago and the only trace is the old waterway.

It was possibly a flaxmill as one was recorded nearby.

On the other side of Flitcham (from the Priory), where the road runs over it, the Babingley River flows secretly through a growth of dead loosestrife, agrimony and brambles, but near the disused flax factory, further west it is clear and wide. 'No Fishing' reads the notice, near the old mill house, which is now adapted for modern usage. There is a fine millpond behind, for though the Babingley may be a humble stream, its power was enough to turn the wheels of industry before other mechanical devices were available.
The East Wind - Jane Hales 1969

Hillington Estate map 1756 Hillington Estate map 1756
Hillington Estate map 1756

O. S. Map 1884

O. S. Map 1884
Courtesy of NLS map images

O.S. Map 2005
O.S. Map 2005
Image reproduced under licence from Ordnance Survey

Hillington estate map 1756: Watermill

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