Information for record number MWA4272:
Ryton Mill

Summary The site of Ryton Mill, a watermill that dates back to the Medieval period. It was later used as a fulling mill, a Mill for beating and cleaning cloth. It was situated 500m south west of Old Hare Covert.
What Is It?  
Type: Watermill, Fulling Mill, Mill
Period: Medieval - Industrial (1066 AD - 1913 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Ryton on Dunsmore
District: Rugby, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 37 75
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record
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Source Number  

1 There was a fulling mill at Ryton-on-Dunsmore in 1621.
2 There was a mill at Ryton in 1086. It seems likely that the mill was used for fulling in the 17th century. On Beighton's map (1725) it is marked as 'Gig Mill'. Details of ownership exist for the 19th century. One small outbuilding is all that remains. The major part of the building was destroyed by fire in 1963 having been severely damaged by vandals before this. The short headrace to the wheel has since been filled in but the main river sluice gates still stand close to the site.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Victoria County History, vol 2, Warwickshire
Author/originator: Page W (ed)
Date: 1908
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 2
Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Warwickshire Watermills
Author/originator: Booth D T N
Date: 1978
Page Number: 83-4
A view of the watermill at Ryton on Dunsmore
Copyright: Warwickshire County Council
Date: 1920s
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period Medieval 1066 AD to 1539 AD (the 11th century AD to the 16th century AD)

The medieval period comes after the Saxon period and before the post medieval period.

The Medieval period begins in 1066 AD.
This was the year that the Normans, led by William the Conqueror (1066 – 1087), invaded England and defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex.
The Medieval period includes the first half of the Tudor period (1485 – 1603 AD), when the Tudor family reigned in England and eventually in Scotland too.

The end of the Medieval period is marked by Henry VIII’s (1509 – 1547) order for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the years running up to 1539 AD. The whole of this period is sometimes called the Middle Ages.
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monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument GIG MILL * A woollen mill in which the cloth was passed over rollers covered in short spikes to raise the nap in one direction only. back
monument BUILDING * A structure with a roof to provide shelter from the weather for occupants or contents. Use specific type where known. back
monument SLUICE GATE * The gate of a sluice which can be opened or shut to let out or retain the water. back
monument MILL * A factory used for processing raw materials. Use more specific mill type where known. See also TEXTILE MILL, for more narrow terms. back
monument INDUSTRIAL * This is the top term for the class. See INDUSTRIAL Class List for narrow terms. back
monument OUTBUILDING * A detached subordinate building. Use specific type where known, eg. DAIRY. back
monument WATERMILL * A mill whose machinery is driven by water. back
monument FULLING MILL * A mill for beating and cleaning cloth, using soap or fullers earth. back

* Copyright of English Heritage (1999)

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