This magnificent moated
house, is believed to be one wing of a much larger Elizabethan mansion.
In a previous page I mentioned the rail track which led into some farm buildings, these also housed Smallbridge Mill
The first reference to a Smallbridge Mill
dates from 1090 together with The Stoke by Clare Priory cartulary containing
a charter of 1090 whereby Gilbert Fitz-Richard donates his income of 20
shillings a year from his mill at 'Smalbruge' to the monks of St. John
at Clare for the lighting of their church. The mill continued to appear
on the Priory's Bures rent roll until 1502
In the images below, I have assumed the
Sluice is to the right of the Brook indicated by the brickwork and mound.
The wheel, which is believed to have been of iron with wooden paddles, was removed in the early 1930's, this machinery was powered by a petrol engine until its closurel c.1960.
Many medieval watermills often stood upon
relatively small watercourses, since early technology was better able
to manipulate these to produce a headwater than the large, comparatively
slow- flowing main rivers, which demanded large outlays of time, money
and expertise to dam or leet.
the Suffolk Mill web site for a more detailed account of the structure