The watermill at Claythorpe, built during the 1700s, was recorded in
the Doomsday Book.
During the 1800s the original water wheel was destroyed and replaced
with a turbine, a modern piece of technology in that era. This water
mill is now a part of a visitor centre, as is the mill at Stockwith.
It is Stockwith that is said to be featured in Tennyson's poems, 'The
Brook' and the 'Miller's Daughter'. Today Stockwith Mill has its own cafe and craft area and there are sign-posted walks around the mill locality.
Alvingham, near to Louth, also has a water
mill. Although it is now a private residence, it is nevertheless,
a charming site in the village.
Windmills were once a common sight in this part of Lincolnshire, but
due to a combination of technological advances and the ravages of time,
most have been lost.
Two mills that still remain, built by
Sam Oxley, are at Alford and Burgh le Marsh.
The windmill at Alford is now the only one of the three
that stood in the town until 1932. In its heyday the six-floored mill,
standing over 30 metres high, was capable of grinding 4 to 5 tonnes
of corn a day. This is a charming spot where you can enjoy a cream tea
whilst sitting under the huge turning sails.
Burgh le Marsh Windmill
Dobson's Windmill at Burgh le Marsh, which is open to
the public, was fully operational up until 1964. It is a five-sailed
mill, built again by Sam Oxley, but this example of his work is unusual
in that its sails are left-handed.
Sibsey Trader Mill
The Sibsey Trader Mill was built by Saunderson of Louth
in 1877 and replaced a small post mill. Although it not exceptionally
tall, it is slender, and so gives the impression that it is taller than it actually is.