Wolviston Mill c1906

There has been recent comment about Wolviston Mill and as as to whether it was a water mill, this picture from 1906 clearly shows the water wheel, I don’t know where it was sited but Wolviston’s Mill Lane ran down to the footbridge over Billingham Beck to an area we always knew as ‘The Old Mill’, this was at the end of Station Road in Norton and had what I think may have been a concrete works, the works was on a high promontory above the beck and was covered in waste cement that had been poured from the top.

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

7 thoughts on “Wolviston Mill c1906

  1. A few people seem to forget there were two types of mills – watermills and windmills… Even smallish villages often had both types. There were 3 watermills in the area all served by Billingham Race (beck)… Wolviston, Norton and Billlingham. I don’t think there was a watermill at the end of Station Road, Norton, although there may have been a windmill. There was certainly an Iron Works. Norton watermill (sometimes called ‘Bishopsmill) about 1940.


  2. I was looking on the National Library of Scotland site where they have an excellent series of maps. The one for Norton distinctly shows the path that led to Wolviston Mill. Starting at Calf Fallow Lane “down the banks” as we children said, then past where Calf Fallow Cricket Club used to play as if going to Whithouse farm turn right and there was a pathway that led to North Meadows Cottage, where I remember an old couple living there in the 50’s. Continuing along the path and crossing Billingham Beck you come to Wolviston Mill marked in brackets “corn”. There is also on the map the mill race.


  3. The mill was on Tarzans(!) walk where 1st Norton scouts met. Stockton stone & concrete there till 1960 plus… The”castle” overlooked the valley. Great place for newts and ants eggs!!


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