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Site record MDR6451 - Belph Mill and millpond (site of), Whitwell

Type and Period (3)

  • (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

SK 537 757 Belph, Whitwell, Watermill (site of). Place name evidence - Millash, Pond, Millhouse on Rutland Map of 1789 suggests the presence of a water mill here, possibly of Medieval date. Now a colliery tip. (1-2) A mill is shown at this location on Burdett's map of 1767 and on Greenwood's map of 1824/5, being named as 'Belph Mill' on the latter. (3, 4) John Hind was the miller at Belph Mill from 1850 to 1864 and W Hind from 1876 to 1887. A steam engine may have been added to the mill by the 1880s. The site was covered over by Whitwell Colliery extensions. (5) A mill is shown on Millwood Stream south-east of Whitwell on a map of 1767, in a position to the north-west and upstream of the Belph Mill shown on later maps, such as that of 1835 by Sanderson, which shows the mill in a more south-easterly position, with a separate mill pond to the west, close to where the mill had been indicated on the earlier map. Belph Mill was a cereal-milling site that may also have had a ropewalk for processing flax. Although the mill (and other neighbouring buildings) survived up to about 1945, a coal mine (Whitwell Colliery) had been established in the first decade of the 20th century. Not long after 1945 Belph Mill and other buildings were demolished as the mine's spoil spread to the north and east. In 2006 a watching brief was undertaken during Severn Trent Water operations. It was concluded that almost all structural evidence for the mill had been removed during the operation of Whitwell Colliery. (6)

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Index: NDAT. 2041. 2041.
  • <2> Verbal communication: Dolby M, curator at Doncaster Museum.
  • <3> Map: Burdett, RP. Survey of Derbyshire, Began in the Year 1762 and finished in the Year 1767.
  • <4> Map: Greenwood, C & I. Map of the County of Derby from an Actual Survey made in the Years 1824 & 1825. 1" = 1 mile.
  • <5> Bibliographic reference: Gifford, A. 1999. Derbyshire Watermills: Corn Mills.. C35, p 129.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Sheppard, R (TPA). 2011. An Archaeological Watching Brief at Millash Lane, Whitwell, Derbyshire, 2006.



Grid reference Centred SK 535 758 (257m by 274m) (Centre)

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Related Events/Activities (1)

  • EDR2922

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Record last edited

Jul 29 2020 2:28PM

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