Mills in Stonehouse

Some photos of mills in the Stonehouse area.

Bond’s Mill, on the western edge of Stonehouse was probably one of the earlier cloth mills of the Stroud district. It was probably established before 1496, during the expansion of the rural cloth industry in Gloucestershire, and for a time it was the main base of the cloth business of the Fowler family of Stonehouse.

Bond’s Mill timeline

The Beard’s Mill buildings (by the railway viaduct over the river Frome), shown in the photo c1900, were demolished. Some of the mill buildings are now houses and flats.

Lower Mills and Upper Mills (at Bridgend, Stonehouse) are believed to be on the sites of the two mills mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. In the drawings shown they were cloth mills run by the Davies family in the 19th century.

Today Lower Mills buildings house the Stonehouse Paper and Bag factory. During the first half of the 20th century Upper Mills was the site of the Brushworks. Now it is home to a number of small businesses.

Stanley Mill was a cloth mill on the road out of Stonehouse towards the Stanleys. In the 20th century it was run by Marling and Evans. It is now undergoing redevelopment.