Bygones: Village water mill was a landmark for travellers
THIS week's Then And Now subject features a village not so far visited in our column, writes Dave Strickland.
We are looking at the old roadside water mill at Thoresway, which is set in the Wolds and away from main roads, north-east of Binbrook and south-east of Caistor.
Our direction of view is westwards on the way out of the village.
The undated original view, taken in the deep winter snow, is probably 1960s, judging by the electricity van.
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The present-day view of the mill with its circular windows was also taken in winter, but without the presence of snow.
As can be seen, the trees which dominate the old view are no longer there, which provides a stark contrast to the general aspect of the scene.
The mill was constructed in 1816 and its water wheel is actually housed inside the building, a shaft connected to it running underneath the road to operate machinery in the farm buildings opposite.
It appears that this arrangement for supplying power is no longer in use, but happily the mill is a grade two listed building.
The circular yellow Automobile Association plaque fixed to the mill's wall tells travellers that Waltham is eight miles distant, Market Rasen 6¾ miles and London 155¼ miles.