|Coughton water mills (i.e. two mills)
served the manor for many hundreds of years: however, both have ceased to exist. The mill
shown in Domesday Book is undoubtedly the 'first mill' shown on the plan. In the 16th
century, documentary sources point to two separate mills.
The second mill stood near the ford and continued in use until sometime before 1880: the first mill's demise we have no date for. Today, there are indentations in the river bank at the Domesday mill, probably caused by the mill, and the suggestion of a leet between river and road - it is all very skeletal and needs the eye of faith. Until recently, there were still stone settings at mill no. 2 and probably are still: the leet is obvious and further north a sluice gate may be detected.
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