Review by Louise Formston
Local historian, Elizabeth Edwards’ latest publication is about a much-loved local site.
‘Throop Mill and its Last Miller’ is a gem and provides a great insight into the background of Throop Mill. Elizabeth leads us through the intricate history of the building and its millers. The book is illustrated with some beautiful pictures, depicting the old mill by the river, surrounded by countryside.
I was amazed to discover how old the site is – it was mentioned in the Domesday Book, and it is thought that there has been a mill there since Saxon times. Even more interesting is the story of the last miller, who loved the place so much after spending 52 years there that his “last wish was that he should die at the mill”.
This book is a perfect read for anyone interested in Dorset history and the origins and royal ownership of local mills.