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For 700 years the small isolated community in the Wey valley at Shottermill was a corner of industry. By the end of the nineteenth century there had existed six watermills which over the years had been used for operations as diverse as corn milling, fulling, iron working, and in particular sickle making, leather dressing, and paper and military braid making. On surrounding commons 'broom-makers' used the natural products of the heathland to manufacture besoms for sale as far afield as London, while yeoman farmers and their descendants used the better land for livestock and arable crops. This second volume on the history of Shottermill covers the period from the appearance of the Simmons family of paper makers in the 1700s to the early twentieth century when it became part of Haslemere. A first volume covers the history of Shottermill from the earliest days through the times of plague, the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the Civil War to the decline of the local iron industry in the 1700s.
  • Paperback, John Owen Smith, 2005, ISBN13 9781873855409, ISBN10 1873855400
Publication DateJanuary 31, 2005
Primary CategoryHistory/Europe - Great Britain - General

Shottermill, Its Farms, Families and Mills - Part 2: 1730 to the Early 20th Century

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