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Saturday, 8 August 2015


This small village / hamlet in the Peak District is where some of my ancestors used to live.


 Would you believe it, is so isolated you cannot access images using Street Map. 

"The village dates essentially from the 1780s, when at least six watermills were constructed along the stream which runs through here. The mills span cotton or made candlewick and some operated until the early 20th century. Their legacy is some pretty stone-built workers' cottages in the centre of the village, plus Atherton House (dated 1787), which was a mill-owner's house, and the Little Mill Inn, a former mill which is now a pub."

From the other side of my family tree round about the same time, other ancestors lived in Chipping, Yorkshire where the tiny village had a fast-flowing stream along which were built some six watermills.

In 1930, the village of Rowarth was all but destroyed by a cloudburst. The River Sett overwhelmed its banks flooding the village.

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