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Pampisford Water Mill, 1930 (photo J H Bullock)(Cambridgeshire Collection)

Pampisford Water Mill

History of the Water Mill

Pampisford water Mill, OS map 1901

Pampisford water Mill (Vanishing Cambridgeshire p.151) was originally used for grinding corn and seed. In 1893 Eastern Counties Leather turned it into a power source for their leather works. It became known as the ‘oily mill’ because of the cod oil used to tan the leather. In 1941 the mill was put up for sale. In 1960 the mill was converted for residential use.

1861 Census Pampisford, Pampisford Mill Cottage:

Josiah Wilson, 45, working bailiff, b Duxford

Emma, dressmaker, 40, b Suffolk

Edward, 12

Jane, 8

Emma Lucy, 4m

Lydia Ward, mother in law, 63.

The Wilson family are mentioned in William Farrington‘s diary of 1858.


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