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A rich history of the Mill

Stockwith Mill, is a non-operational water-driven corn mill and attached house of around C18 and is located on the east bank of the River Lymn, one mile north-east of Hagworthingham village. The vertical water wheel sits directly in the river, where the water flow is controlled by a sluice.

The first record of the Mill is the listing in the Domesday book (1086) and it was valued at 1 shilling. The mill and dwelling then appear on the first edition Ordnance Survey (OS) map of 1888, however there is a record of a mill on the site in the early C15 where it is mentioned in the will of John Copuldyke of Harrington.

A love poem

Alfred Lord Tennyson the famous Poet Laureate was born in 1809 in Somersby in Lincolnshire, the fourth child of George Clayton Tennyson and Elizabeth Fytche daughter of the Vicar of St James Church, Louth.

‘The Miller’s Daughter’ a poem thought to be connected with Stockwith Mill is significant in that it brought Tennyson’s poetry to the attention of Queen Victoria who was later to make him Poet Laureate.

It is the miller’s daughter,
And she is grown so dear, so dear,
That I would be the jewel
That trembles at her ear:
For hid in ringlets day and night,
I’d touch her neck so warm and white.

And I would be the girdle
About her dainty, dainty waist,
And her heart would beat against me,
In sorrow and in rest:
And I should know if it beat right,
I’d clasp it round so close and tight.

And I would be the necklace,
And all day long to fall and rise
Upon her balmy bosom,
With her laughter or her sighs:
And I would lie so light, so light,
I scarce should be unclasped at night.