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Yafford Mill (now a private residence)

Yafford is a hamlet on the Isle of Wight.[1] It is located 6 miles (9.7 km) southwest from Newport in an area known as the Back of the Wight between Brighstone and Niton. It is in the civil parish of Shorwell, it has a non-operational water mill, which was working until 1970 and is now a listed building.[2] The mill was a grist mill, working to grind corn (wheat, oats, barley) to create animal feed; it did not have the machinery to produce fine flour for people, it has an overshot water wheel,[2] powered by the flow of water from a millpond. The pond is fed by a stream from the nearby village of Shorwell, part of the Buddle Brook; the name Yafford derives from the Anglo-Saxon word "hæcc" meaning a hatch or sluice and the word "ford"; probably referring to grating used to stop animals being carried away by the current in a river.[3]

Coordinates: 50°38′11″N 1°22′06″W / 50.63639°N 1.36833°W / 50.63639; -1.36833


  1. ^ yaffordmillbarn.westisleofwight.co.uk
  2. ^ a b "Yafford Mill". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk.
  3. ^ "Key To English Place-Names: Yafford". The University of Nottingham.