Mill Goit

Beside the path which led to pictures in the last couple of posts are the remains of a goit.  A goit is a channel or drain that took water to a mill, (goit is a term that seems to be have used ‘up North’ which corresponds to a term ‘leat’ that is used ‘down South’.   Nowadays, at the point shown above, the water is diverted off to a series of fish feeding tanks of a small fish farm.

This series of images shows the state of the old goit through the passage of time and the lack of water.

Goit_MG_3829At the end of the channel is a small dam and mill pool – to provide some consistency to the flow of water into the mill.

Goit_MG_3830Down stream of the dam, showing the water outlets.

Goit_MG_3833There is a fair drop down the hillside to provide the energy to ‘drive the wheel’.

Goit_MG_3835At the foot of what seems to be the outfall from the mill (the building of which is no longer in evidence) is this stone with the date 1790.  I’ve had a quick look on the web but so far I have found nothing about the mill itself.

Goit_MG_383230 metres from the dated stone was this mill stone – whether it’s truly contemporary with the date of 1790, I would not like to say.


12 thoughts on “Mill Goit

  1. Hi Stephen, Lovely photographs! A third Great Grandfather of mine was not only a Miller by trade, he also built several grain mills still standing in North East Iowa. He built during the middle of the 19th Century. I actually have been inside of one of the mills he built, which is now used as a county library building. Happy to see your nice post. Have an excellent weekend!

  2. I have just enjoyed many of your excellent photographs, but I especially like this old dam and mill. I guess in some ways it is similar to the Spanish Ruins. The part of Mexico where I spend half my life (Oaxaca) is full of archaeological sites and hidden treasures of many kinds! Thanks for visiting and liking my blog.

    • Thank you.
      In the UK we are fortunate that our countryside has been minutely mapped for a long time by the Ordnance Survey. Their maps, some of which I have to the scale of 2 1/2 inches to the mile show all sorts of details. The Victorians were great antiquarians and we can often find details of long forgotten stories/anecdotes in the local history books they left behind. But at the end of the day we have to go and explore to find the reality on the ground. I’ve often gone out to look for one thing and found something else, which I then have to research, which may then lead me to something further. But, at the end of the day, my thing is photography, so that’s were I spend most of my spare time – when the weather suits.

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