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West End Low Mill (Hemp)

       This map is dated 1890 and shows the mill which is now completely submerged under the waters of Thruscross Reservoir since the early 1960's .. no seals have been found for this mill probably because it was a twine mill .. not a flax mill .. Following the example of Little Patrick the flax seals should have been deposited up Breaks Gill Lane at Breaks Lane Head around Breaks Fold farm .. but none have been found.



  The purpose of this page. All the fields around this mill, above the present water level, have been searched by Ged Dodd with no seals being found. They should be there. The information here may enable some other searcher to locate the lost seals



     From our experience of Hemp seals, as they were found at the Folly Ghyll Twine Mill, they were deposited close to the mill and but that is now under many tens of feet of water .. and subsequently long since lost.   The following photographs were taken in the late 1950's

 West End Mill ruins looking towards the East Gate House and the Gate Inn.

The Gate Inn and old Blacksmiths can be seen at the top right of the picture.


Low Mill Old gate Inn and the road (narrow track) down to the Low Mill.



West End Bridge with the Methodist Chapel and Low Mill looking up Breaks

Head Gill Lane with Break's Head farm at the top right of the picture.


West End Bridge with the complete Mill and Worker's Houses


West End Hemp Mills in the early 1960's during demolition.

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Breaks Lane Head


    The only indication of weaving found at Breaks Lane Head were several small inch long lead loom weights which could very well have been used by the farmer's wife at Breaks Fold Farm for weaving wool .. or maybe flax.  An interesting lead item found at Breaks Lane Head by Ged Dodd is thought to be the lid off a small jar or inkwell with the impression of a bustard. A species which became extinct in the UK in 1832 but has now been reintroduced.    Today Great Bustards can (and do) fly, and are the heaviest flying animal alive today. Great Bustards can be found across Europe, as far south as Spain and as far north as the Russian steppes. Male Great Bustards grow about 30% larger than the females, reaching up to one metre tall and weighing up to 16kg. The heaviest recorded Great Bustard weighed in at 21kg. The conservation status of the Great Bustard is listed as vulnerable, with populations in many countries being in decline. Thankfully the Great Bustard has been reintroduced and is now breeding on Salisbury Plain. More than can be said for the old mills here which have gone forever.




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Video history around Breaks House above Low Mill



   no seals at Breaks Fold but I did save a lamb




   James II bronze gun money at Whistle House

 Neil Jones



   James II bronze gun money XXXd (3 flax seals)

 Ged, Gary
 Neil Jones



   button of Sir Edward Dymoke, James II champion


2016-04-16 (888)

   no seals at Breaks Fold, only lots of hailstones


2017-04-02 (918)

   vain seal search at Breaks Fold (Low Mill)