Holystone Mill

Grid Reference: NT955027

The mill building has now been converted to a dwelling house but the mill was in working condition to 1929 when the estate changed hands. The advertisement of sale mentioned the mill property as comprising, in addition to the mill, a cottage of 4 rooms and 16 acres of land: ‘The mill was probably in operation at least to 1920.

The water came from a race taken off the Holystone burn just above the Salmon Inn where it turns south to join the Coquet, A short distance upstream from this point is the Lady’s well where St. Paulinus is said to have baptised a number of people at Easter A.D. 627. The well is now owned by the National Trust.

At the dissolution of Holystone Nunnery in 1539 there were ten houses and a mill in the township.

In the last volume of the N.C.H. published in 1940, it is stated that the mill had been converted to a house with kennels for greyhounds “still with the mill stream and traces of its former use”

In 1546 John Heron was reported in arrears with his rent. The mill appears again in a Survey of 1604 when a gentleman named Roger Hangingshaw was the freeholder.

1827 and 1855  Joseph Loiver  Farmer & miller.

From: Griffith E.P. 1974. A History of Northumberland Water Mills. (Unpublished).

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