Medway Watermills (middle Tributaries)
The Medway and its tributaries and sub-tributaries have been used for over 1,150 years as a source of power. There are over two hundred sites where the use of water power is known. These uses included corn milling, fulling, paper making, iron smelting, pumping water, making gunpowder, vegetable oil extraction, and electricity generation. Today, there is just one watermill working for trade. Those that remain have mostly been converted. Such conversions include a garage, dwellings, restaurants, museums and a wedding venue. Some watermills are mere derelict shells, lower walls or lesser remains. Of the majority, there is nothing to be seen. A large number of tributaries feed into the River Medway. The tributaries that powered watermills will be described in the order that they feed in. The mills are described in order from source to mouth. Left bank and right bank are referred to as though the reader is facing downstream. This article covers the watermills on the tributaries that feed in below Penshurst and above Yalding.
Read more about Medway Watermills (middle Tributaries): The Southborough Bourne, Tudeley Brook, Pen Stream, River Bourne, Tributaries of The Bourne, River Teise, River Beult, Angley Brook (Beult Tributary), Tributary of The Angley Brook, Tributary of The Hammer Stream, Crane Brook (Hammer Stream Tributary), Tributary of The Crane Brook, Stream At Chart Sutton (Beult Tributary), Sources
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