Medway Watermills (upper 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 oder from source to mouth. Left bank and right bank are referred to as though the reader is facing downstream. This article covers the tributaries that feed in above Penshurst.
Read more about Medway Watermills (upper Tributaries): West Hoathly Stream, East Grinstead Stream, Hartfield Stream, Warren Brook, Mill Brook or Steel River (Warren Brook Tributary)., Waterdown Forest Stream, The Jarvis Brook, Eridge Stream, Hamsell Stream, Groombridge Stream, Kent Water, Barden Mill Stream, Southborough Stream (Barden Mill Stream Tributary), Crooked River (Tributary of River Eden Via Kent Brook), Sources
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