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At the end of 1995 my family moved to Eudon Mill at Eudon George near Bridgnorth. The old timber framed house dating from the sixteenth century had been the original water powered corn mill and in the large grounds there was the ruins of a later eighteenth century water powered tower mill, which we understood had worked until the mid thirties and was demolished in the early fifties. The Borle brook ran through the gardens, but the mills had been powered by a small independant stream which ran from near Little Eudon and once fed a large mill pond above the house, the exhaust water from the mills flowing into the Borle brook just above the old fording place in the east corner of the gardens. To my knowlege there were at the time we occupied our lovely home at least four maybe five water mills, not including Daniels Mill within a two mile radius of our property.
I lived 30 years at Monk Hopton, my mother, Barbara Stoves, was the school headmistress from 1954 until it closed in 1980 (I think 1980). It closed when she became ill; it was her determination largely that kept it open. She always said that there was a 'Monkhopton book' kept in the estate house (Marsh family). In it she told me there was a photo of Thomas Hardy (the author); he is said to have based Tess of 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles' on Catherine Gaskell who in 1893 owned Wenlock Abbey, and invited Hardy and his wife there. After my mother died I tried to discover if this photo existed and sought this 'Monkhopton book' and if Hardy had visited Monkhopton. I am persuaded that he did because there exists a record in a visitors book of Hardy and his wife signing that they stayed at Wenlock Abbey in 1893. There is a description of this visit in notes made by Hardy. I think the book was sold at auction... Read more
Old Fire Station
The building on the left of the two arches is the old town Fire Station, which was replaced in the 1960's with a new station on Innage Lane. The property is now a retail outlet. If on a visit to the town you look above the shop front you will see engraved the words Fire Station.
Fire Station Northgate - Great Grandfather Enoch Williams
My great grandfather was Enoch Williams at one time Superintendent of the Fire Station at 1 High Street. He went to Bridgnorth from Gt Whitley in 1894. I have photos of the fire crew of that time - horses and carriage. Horses were kept in a field down Love Lane! Enoch and my grandmother Rebecca had many children and lived above the fire station. My grandfather William Williams had the shop to the right of this picture from 1908. It is now Wetherspoons pub. The Builders' Merchant, William Williams still operates in The Innage.
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