Historical Journeys Along British Rivers contains accounts of journeys along British rivers. Click on the LINKS below to access the individual journeys.
The focus is the settlements, buildings, and prominent people associated with each river catchment, but there is particular emphasis on the watermills, which operated between 1750 and 1900. Information on the locations and types of watermills has been collected into separate documents, also accessible by clicking on a LINK below.
The journeys from source to sea are real in that they deal with places visited by the author, but virtual because they are a construct assembled from separate visits rather than an actual journey
At the start of our investigations, we decided to present information on locations of watermills by way of sketch maps and listings, but not to include OS grid references for each mill. This reflected our interest in distributions of watermills between catchments, which was greater than that in individual mills, and made for time saving. On a couple of occasions since, we have considered trying to add the OS grid references, retrospectively, but with several thousand mills in our listings, we have assessed this to be totally unrealistic.
However, we think that it will be straightforward for anyone who wants to know the grid reference points for individual watermills on our lists, (or moderately sized groups), to obtain them with the aid of our information, together with the nls 19th century OS maps.
Authors: Tom Robertson & Alastair Robertson
Historical Journeys along English and Welsh Rivers
Historical Journeys along Scottish Rivers
Summaries of Locations and Types of Watermills in British River Catchments
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