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Oil Painting - Hamstead Mill Handsworth - Hamstead Mill Staffordshire

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1960P33
Collection:Topographical Views
Date:1850 - 1908

Maker Information

Artist:John Joseph Hughes - View biography for John Joseph Hughes


Hamstead Mill was situated at the bottom of Hamstead Hill. It was one of the oldest mills on the Upper Tame River. The Domesday records for Handsworth are complicated, but the Mill referred to as being in Honesworde, is generally accepted to be Hamstead Mill. It was worth 2 shillings in annual tax. Records show that Hamstead Mill was always used for grinding corn, over its 900 year history. The Wyrley family held the manor of Hamstead from the 13th to the 17th century, and were therefore owners of the mill. They lived at Hamstead Hall. In 1659, we find a reference to the mill in a lease by Sir John Wyrley of 'Hamsteed' Hall to William Smallwood of Handsworth. It said that Smallwood should grind all his corn and malt at the mills of the said Sir John Wyrley called 'Hamsteed' Mills. In 1766 Thomas Bell was the miller. James Swain, the miller in 1818, was still working there in 1836. Frank Andrews was the last miller in 1920. By 1928, the mill was derelict and the pool was silted. The remains were demolished in 1936. The dam was filled in as a refuse dump in the late 1940s.

Presented by Mrs Flavell, 1960.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century or 20th century
Medium:Oil on canvas.
Place of Origin:Birmingham, England

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Height:500 mm
Width:775 mm