Bubbenhall Corn Mill
In 1629 there was both a fulling mill and a water mill for corn at Bubbenhall
and by 1698 there were two rye mills and a wheat mill.
The mill belonged to the Lord of the Manor, the Bromley family of Baginton,
from the early 18th century until the manorial estate was broken up and
sold in 1918.
The mill house was an old half-timbered building with extensive outbuildings,
mill dam and sluice, which lay on the other side of the field beyond the
churchyard. It burnt down in the winter of 1965-6, after which, in 1966-67,
a Coventry builder used the site to build a new house for himself.
The site is now occupied by the development known as "Riverside", comprising eleven flats.
The first miller recorded in Bubbenhall is William Smythe in 1538. In 1566 the miller is Thomas Busby, whose family continued as millers for around a century and were related to other millers in Warwickshire and around Mollington in Oxfordshire. In the 1680s Gelly Atkins is the miller. From 1702 onwards the millers were members of the Orton family, originally from Great Packington - there is a lease, for instance, for 21 years in the Bromley Davenport papers kept at the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester. In 1866 Richard Leeson was the miller, and in 1880 Thomas Allen, according to local directories.
The last miller, George Moore, was born in Weston-under-Wetherley in 1884. His father, originally from Stoke Golding in Leicestershire, married a girl from Princethorpe, and the family were running Bubbenhall Mill in 1891 according to the Census Schedule for that year. George Moore Junr. eventually took over from his father and died early in 1960. The last mention of father and son at the mill is in 1932.
Bubbenhall Mill during the time of the last miller, George Moore.