Serendipity with Bev Young
IN 1831 there were 234 watermills, 28 horse mills and six windmills in the Eastern Cape.
I have only found 23, all told. Seemingly, they were nearly all grist mills, the ones with the huge crushing stones.
I am intrigued by historical sources which say there were four mills in Bathurst, between 1830-31 and 1855.
Now I need help. It actually makes sense, as Bradshaw’s Mill, was built for cloth, not flour, and although Cock’s and Mansfield mills, serviced a goodly area, it would not have been sufficient for the number of settlers here. Oh, and there was apparently “one in Shaw Park”?