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Hoad Mill House, Playden

Does anyone have any information about Hoad Mill in Playden. According to the 1881 census it was owned by a widower John Nash and his family, and a servant called Ann E Carter. Ann was my husband’s grandmother. She married a Nash in 1897, but he wasn’t from the Nash family living in the Mill.
Any help appreciated, many thanks.

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    Hi, Did you ever get anywhere? I’ve been doing a bit of investigation and found that ‘Hoad’ Windmill is marked on Robert Budgen’s 1724 map standing in the region of the fork of the Rye Road and Iden Road. When I checked the checked this area on the 1840 Rye tithe map I then found that Plot 62 is named ‘Hoad Mill Meadow’, occupied by Thomas Thorp and owned by Staines Brocket. This field is the one alongside the current Holmdale Cottages on the Rye Road. The mill has gone from this site by 1795. Either the old mill was demolished/destroyed and a new mill built to succeed it at Humphries Cross (prior to 1840) OR there is the possibility that the mill was dragged north to a new site on your property. So far I’ve not found any evidence to support this other than the mill at the latter site being marked Hoad Windmill on the 1870 Ordnance Survey map.

    I’ve not come across any photos/paintings of the mill at Humphries Cross which is surprising/frustrating as it survived into the 1900s.

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