Mills: From Southsea to Wickham, Langstone to Southsea | Nostalgia

From Southsea back streets to the head of Langstone Harbour, every community needed a mill.

By Deborah Croker
Monday, 7th February 2022, 6:43 pm
Langstone Mill, beside a frozen Langstone harbour during the big freeze of 1963. Picture: The News PP4898
Langstone Mill, beside a frozen Langstone harbour during the big freeze of 1963. Picture: The News PP4898

Today, those that remain are tourist attractions or the subject of countless paintings or photographs, but mills were once absolutely vital for the survival of every community.

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With a baby wrapped against the chill, Emsworth boys gather alongside Slipper Mill. Picture: Courtesy of Tony New

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Chesapeake Mill, Wickham, 1937.
The dock mill off Napier Road, Southsea, demolished in 1924.
Gale's Mill, Denmead. Picture: Paul Costen collection/costen.co.uk