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1642 - 1688, Civil War to Glorious Revolution


Water mills were part of a rigorous system of exploitation of agricultural resources by lords of the manor.  Windmills were often sited at or near parish boundaries, on high ground rather than a river, in a later period when market forces were stronger.  A mill was built in 1676 at the boundary of Walthamstow and Woodford on a track from the end of what is now Lea Bridge Road 1.  Leyton also had a mill near what is now the junction of Francis and Newport Roads 1, but there is little information about it.

1  ‘The Road to the Walthamstow Windmill and the neighbouring mills of Leyton and Woodford’ A D Law / D I Chapman