Bolton Mill

Some Millers of Bolton Mill

Jean Thomas has been delving into the history of Bolton Mill, near Alnwick in Northumberland in search of her family history and is keen to find out more about this mill.  She writes:

Bolton Mill was where my great great grandfather’s brother Allan Fletcher Dodds was working as a miller when he married Mary Wanless in October 1868.  They both gave their residence at the time of marriage as Bolton Mill in the parish of Edlingham and the details regarding Mary’s father Robert Wanless gave his occupation as that of miller.  By 1881 Allan was a widower and working as a gamekeeper at Heckley Grange, Alnwick.

The 1881 census index from the CD ROM version give the following details for Bolton Mill:

Building at Bolton Mill – Uninhabited [possibly the mill itself]

Dwelling at Bolton Mill

James Dixon        Miller & Farmer of 50 acres with 2 Labs [labourers?]
Head,  married, age 37, born Eglingham
Elizabeth Dixon  Wife, married, age 35, born Eglingham
Mary Dixon          Daughter, age 10 months, born Edlingham
Ellen Hall              Servant, age 16, born Felton

Dwelling at Bolton Mill

Andrew Walker   Miller
Head,  age 30, born Scotland
Isabella Walker   Wife, age 30, born Rock
Mary A Walker    Daughter, age 7, born Alnwick
William Walker   Son, age 5, born Alnwick
Jessie Walker        Daughter, age 5, born Alnwick
Richard Taylor     Out door servant (groom), age 29, born Whittingham
Richard Short       Out door servant (groom), age 26, born Eglingham

Places of birth are all in Northumberland unless otherwise stated.

From:   Northumbrian Mills, No 25, January 2003

Report on a Visit

I visited the remains of Bolton Mill at the end of August 2004 at the request of the farmer’s wife who was worried about the state of the building.  The mill had been gutted and the building used as a byre for many years for the animals.

Bolton MillBolton Mill.  Drawing by John Buxton from a 2004 photograph by Wilhelm Barren

The building is a well constructed stone building with slate roof, though from its present state one would hardly recognise that it had once been a mill.  The hole where the water came through had been filled in though it is possible to work out where the leat ran which supplied the wheel.

Wilhelm Barren

[I visited this mill in 1997 but was made somewhat less welcome, the only time I have been refused entry to look at a mill.  My only impression gained in a quick glance inside was that the building was essentially an empty shell!  Ed]

From:  Northumbrian Mills, No 33, January 2005