Tyne and Wear HER(5639): Gateshead, medieval mill - Details
Gateshead, medieval mill
The Boldon Book of 1183 (a survey of land belonging to the Bishop of Durham, Hugh du Puiset) describes Gateshead as having mills, fisheries and bakehouses, with surrounding arable land. Cereals were obviously brought into Gateshead from the surrounding countryside and the town was, like Durham and Darlington, a milling and baking centre for the bishopric. The specific locations of the mills are not known.
<< HER 5639 >> 1183, Boldon Book D. Austin, (ed) 1982, The Boldon Book, Northumberland and Durham, p 11; F.W.D. Manders, 1973, A History of Gateshead, pp 4 and 7-8