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The mill of Brenkley is first mentioned in the early 13th century when Henry de Ferlington granted one mark of rent from the mill to Hexham Priory. The rent later fell into arrears and, in 1285, the prior brought an action to recover it. He accused John de Ferlington of demolishing the mill. There is no clue as to the source of power for this mill, and hence to its site. A windmill seems slightly more likely than a watermill in this area.
<< HER 1334 >> M.H. Dodds, 1926, Brenkley Township, Northumberland County History, XII, 521 J. Raine, 1865, The Black Book of Hexham, Surtees Society, 46, p. 115