History of the Vale

Who took over from Goodwin & Sons at Pershore Mill?

Pershore has long been an important country market town. The mill beside the old bridge at the southern end of the main street was just one of several mills that can be found along the route of the River Avon.

In 1914, Pershore Mill was owned and worked by Goodwin & Sons, and had been in that family since at least 1868, when the family business was mentioned in John Noake’s Guide to Worcestershire (p.299).  Unfortunately the situation was about to change…

On 22 May, Philip Goodwin, the miller, had a motor cycle accident near Malvern:

Birmingham Daily Mail - Saturday 23 May 1914

Birmingham Daily Mail – Saturday 23 May 1914

It is clear that Mr Goodwin’s recovery did not go as well as hoped because by the New Year of 1915, the mill and business were put up for sale.

Birmingham Daily Post - Thursday 28 January 1915

Birmingham Daily Post – Thursday 28 January, Thursday 4 and Wednesday 10 February 1915

What happened next?

As one of the first steps in our planned research project, we shall check out the commercial directories and census returns for Pershore to see if we can work out who took over the important work of milling flour at the Mill.  Follow this blog for future discoveries!

Sources

Noake, J; Noake’s Guide to Worcestershire (London, 1868)

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