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SITE 174 ISLAND SITE

OS REF: SK 579120

There is no public access to this site.

Date: 18th February 2004

This was our first visit to the site to look for evidence of a Water Mill.

There was a lot of stone around the site and the remains of two weirs visible, one of which was stepped with good remains. It was also possible to see where the sides to the water channels had been built, as there were some good remains around the site.

The map of 1842 shows the channels and features but the islands have silted up over the years as confirmed by Mr Cooper.

21st February 2004

A further visit was made to take more photographs before the vegetation became too dense,

Brian will see what history he can find about the site and a water mill and report back to Mr Cooper with our findings and how to proceed to establish its origins.

Brian and I have re-visited this site many times to establish if a water mill could have been here. After a lot of research by Brian and Terry using maps and written reports it would appear to be part of the landscaping of the Temple Gardens. The Mill Site, as it was called, I have re-named the Island Site.

Site 174 Map of 1842

Site 174 Working diagram of the areas of water. The numbers relate to those on the following photos to help identify the area shown. February 2004

Site 174. Brian Verity the Rothley Archaeological Warden was keen to find out if this was a site for a mill. July 2004

Site 174 View of Rothley Park(1) over Rothley Brook(2)February 2004

Site 174 Rothley Brook (2) with Rothley Park (1) on the right and Woodland Spinney (3L) on the left. February 2004

Site 174 Looking to Woodland Spinney (3) with Rothley Park (1) in the background. From the drive to Southfield Farm. February 2004

Site 174 As above photo but slightly right. February 2004

Site 174. Looking to Rothley Park (1) on the right with the memorial to Bill Cooper inside the white fencing. February 2004

Site 174 Looking into the Woodland Spinney (3). February 2004

Site 174 Looking from Water (13) to Weir (6) with Island (10) on the left and Silted Area (9) on the right. February 2004

Site 174 Weir (6) showing stepped construction. February 2004

Site 174 Weir (6) looking towards Rothley Brook (2). February 2004

Site 174 Weir (6) looking towards Rothley Brook (2). February 2004

Site 174 Water (14) towards Weir (16) with Island (10) on the left. February 2004

Site 174 Weir (6) leading into Water (13) with Silted Area (9) to the left. February 2004

Site 174 Weir (16) looking towards Rothley Brook (2) with Island (10) to the right. February 2004

Site 174 Water (14) with Island (10) to the left. February 2004

Site 174 Water (14) with Island (10) on the right. February 2004

Site 174 Water (14) joining with Water (12) to flow into Rothley Brook (11). February 2004

Site 174 Water (14) and Water (12) flow into Rothley Brook (11) with Rothley Park on the left. February 2004

Site 174 Rothley Brook (11) looking back to Water (12). Rothley Park (1) to the right. February 2004

Site 174 Silted Area (9) February 2004

Site 174 Channel (5) looking into Water (14) with Island (10) in the background. February 2004

Site 174 Looking from Channel (5) into Water (14) towards Rothley Brook (11). February 2004

Site 174 Weir (16) in Water (14) looking towards Rothley Brook (11). February 2004

Site 174 Weir (16) flowing from Rothley Brook (2) February 2004

Site 174 Looking from Weir (16) into Water (14). February 2004

Site 174 Weir (6) looking into Water (13) with Island (7) and Silted Area (9) to the left. February 2004

Site 174 Weir (6) looking into Water (13) with Island (7) and Silted Area (9) on the left. February 2004

Site 174 Rothley Brook (2) running into Water (14) and approach to Weir (16). February 2004

Site 174 Stone walling on Island (10) by Weir (16). February 2004

Site 174 Bank (15) showing stone structure. February 2004

Site 174 Water (12) at its point with (8). February 2004

Site 174 Point (8) at the end of Water (12). February 2004

Site 174 Channel (5) February 2004

Site 174 Ancient Willow in Woodland Spinney (3). February 2004

Site 174 Tree in Woodland Spinney (3). February 2004

Site 174 Brian investigating wooden posts in the channel. October 2004

Site 174 Weir (6) with Rothley Brook (2) behind. March 2005

Site 174 Weir (6) falling into Water (13). February 2005

Site 174 Silted Area (9) in the foreground with Water (13) and Weir (6) in the background. February 2005

Site 174 There are no bridges to the Island Site! Getting over Weir (6). March 2005

Site 174 Trees in the Woodland Spinney (3). March 2005

Site 174 Stonework in the bank in Rothley Park (1) opposite the Island Site. Bridge remains? March 2005

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