Cogglesford Mill

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Cogglesford Mill, 2002
Weir in place of the upper doors of the lock. This weir has a levelling mechanism attached, rather like a tilting weir. We see the dark frames of the weir, wet on a winter's day, with the water cascading over toward us in a smooth cataract, no turbulence or disturbance. The surface of the mill pond beyond is placid. The air is misty and the surrounding trees are white with hoar-frost, which also rimes the edges of the frame of the weir, melted only where the water has splashed.
Weir at Cogglesford Mill

Cogglesford Mill[1] (sometimes referred to as Coggesford[2]) is a Grade II listed working watermill in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. It is possibly the last working Sheriff's Mill in England.[3] The mill sits to the north of Sleaford on banks of River Slea. There is archaeological evidence of a Saxon mill on the site and records in the Domesday book of later mills; the present redbrick structure dates to the late 18th century, with alterations from the 19th Century.[1]

The ford from which the mill takes its name is where the Roman road now called Mareham Lane crossed the Slea. The original crossing, no longer extant, is a few hundred yards downstream of the mill, close to the current footbridge.

There were many other mills along the river at various times. During the construction of the Sleaford Navigation, in the 1790s, locks were provided at each of the mills to maintain the necessary head. After the navigation closed and as the locks fell into repair they were replaced by weirs, and the weir at Cogglesford is particularly elaborate, having to maintain the head of this still working mill.

Cogglesford mill (including the mill race and bridge) was assigned a listed status on 20 July 1973.[1] The mill is open to the public 7 days a week during the summer and Organic stoneground flour is milled there and sold in shop.

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  1. ^ a b c Historic England. "Cogglesford Mill and Mill Race and Bridge (1062115)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Historic England. "Details from image database (191908)". Images of England. Retrieved 18 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Cogglesford Mill". www.cogglesford-mill.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 

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Coordinates: 53°00′06″N 0°24′01″W / 53.001687°N 0.400187°W / 53.001687; -0.400187 (Cogglesford Mill)