Monument record SKT 020 - Combs Ford; Combs Mill

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Watermill beside Ford Bridge, Combs Ford on Rattlesden River.


Grid reference Centred TM 0509 5793 (50m by 50m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TM05NE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Watermill beside Ford Bridge, Combs Ford on Rattlesden River. Shown on Bowen's map of 1755 (S1) and on Kirby's map of 1736 (S5). On Hodskinson's map of 1783 a wheel is shown without paddles (S2), possibly indicating out of use by that date. Listed by Wailes as Combs Mill having 3 pairs of stones and a wheel and dated to circa 1540. Gutted in 1960 (S3).
Stowmarket Mill: This timber built and tiled mill was in the process of demolition this year (1960). All the machinery had been scrapped (S4).
Ogilby's map, 1675, does not show watermill at this point but two windmills (see SKT Misc)(S6).

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <S1> Cartographic materials: Bowen E. 1755. Accurate Map of the County of Suffolk.
  • <M1> (No record type): Water Mills File: copy (S3)(S4).
  • <S2> Cartographic materials: Hodskinson, J.. 1783. The County of Suffolk surveyed.
  • <S3> (No record type): Wailes R, `Suffolk Watermills', Trans Newcomen Soc, 37, 1964-5, 110.
  • <S4> (No record type): Wailes R, County of East Suffolk: Survey of Watermills, ms, 1960, SRO (Bury), Acc No 1678.
  • <S5> Map: Kirby. 1736. Kirby's map of Suffolk. Kirby's Map of 1736.
  • <S6> Map: Ogilby John, Britannia, 1675.

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Record last edited

Nov 30 1994 12:00AM

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