Title ID 2327Collection ID213
Title[Millstone dressing. Stevington. Three locks Pitstone]
Date[ca. 1966]
CollectionFrank Gregory
KeywordsBoats Buildings Trades Water Transport
LocalStevington Stoke Hammond Pitstone
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionFrank Gregory
CameraFrank Gregory
FormatColour Silent
Duration04 min. 19 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


The film shows scenes of work on a millstone at Stevington windmill, followed by scenes at the Three Locks on Grand Union Canal and final scenes of Pitstone Mill.


The film shows a craftsman using a 'mill bill' in a wooden handle, called a 'thrift', to cut a lined pattern into a large undressed millstone. The film then shows the windmill at Stevington and a woman and two children walking along a path with the mill in the background. The film then changes to show the family at the 'Three Locks' on the Grand Union Canal. After a variety of boats pass by the film ends with views of the 17th century Pitstone Mill. [Note: this film is possibly the second part of the film TID:2358 which ends as this film begins, with millstone dressing.]


A still from [Millstone dressing. Stevington. Three locks Pitstone] (1966)

Contextual information

Both Stevington and Pitstone mills, which feature in this film, are 'post' mills meaning they are built around a central upright post, enabling the entire structure to be rotated into the wind for maximum efficiency. Stevington Mill dates from 1770 and is more or less intact, though it last worked commercially in 1936. Pitstone Mill is even older and dates from at least 1627, the earliest recorded date carved into its wookwork. It served its community for three centuries until it was severely damaged in a severe storm in 1902.

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