A History of Mill Lane

Posted: Friday October 13, 2017

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As construction progresses on our Mill Croft development in Kirkby, we look at the history of the area as we begin building its future.

Mill Croft is a brand new development of two, three and four bedroom houses and bungalows in the heart of Kirkby. Surrounded by green land and close to Kirkby’s amenities, these homes are not only situated in the heart of Kirkby, but the area is also steeped in history.

From as early as the 13th century, Mill Lane was home to – unsurprisingly – a mill, which was used to grind wheat and oats. At the end of the 19th century, the mill was used to grind corn, and lead towards a millpond some 1,337 acres big, which was surrounded by greenland of almost 6,000 acres. Unfortunately, the mill was destroyed in a fire in the early 20th century, and the accompanying stone milldam was destroyed during landscaping of the area in the 1960s.

To continue to keep the memory of the mill alive, we decided to name our development Mill Croft, in homage to the millers who contributed to Kirkby’s economy all of those years ago.