Grey Mill, Wootten Wawen, Warwickshire

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Location and general description

Located in Wootten Wawen, Warks., on the river Alne (OS Grid Reference: SP1451061555). I have also found the village referred to as Wootton Wawen, Wootton Warnen, Wootton Warwen and Wootton Warren.
There are remains of a papermill on the main Stratford Road [Wootton Wawen Parish Council, 2007].


Most recently, converted to residential flats [Wootton Wawen Parish Council, 2007]

History (from 1677 to 2007)

Warwickshire Records Office catalogue lists a late 16th C map of central Wootton showing a SMITHs Mill. [ref. Z0190(U)]

In 1677, one John FARDON died in North Newington, Oxon., the Will of John FARDON alias VARDON Yeoman of North Newton[sic Newington], Oxfordshire', dated 17 Mar 1676/77 and proved in 1677,  left a farm in Wooton Wawen, Warks., to his son Richard FARDON and his farm in North Newington, Oxon., together with a papermill in Wootton Wawen, Warks., to his son Thomas FARDON, a good Quaker. (anonymous posting on Roots Web, possibly by Peter Fewson). Thomas was probably the Thomas FARDON (1658-1731) of North Newington, baker and malster [Milton, The Ashbys of Tyso].

From 1717 the Victoria County History cites a Stratford upon Avon indenture of an apprentice to one William MARTIN, 'paperman' of Wootton' [STYLES, 1945, n.p.]

The English heritage listing text calls it Grey Mill and notes that it appears on a map of 1725 [British Listed Buildings, n.p.].

In the early 19th. century, Squire HOLFORD (who married a SMITH-CARRINGTON) built a Paper Mill in Wootten Wawen [Wootton Wawen Parish Council, 2007]

Then became a corn mill (Wootton Wawen Parish Council, 2007)

Then became a social centre (Wootton Wawen Parish Council, 2007)


Not investigated yet


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