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Mill near Hertford

Mill near Hertford

Artist: Batty, R. M.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1794

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 53.f

Length: 16.2

Width: 23.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of a mill near Hertford in Hertfordshire. Hertford has long been an important settlement, it is situated on the River Lea and ships were navigable from London to this point. Because of the river there have been many mills in Hertford – the Domesday Book records three mills here. There have been many types of milling activity here, the most predominant being flour milling from corn. Hertfordshire has long been known for producing’ Herts White’ a certain type of bread. The bread would have transported to London by barge taking advantage of Hertfords position on the River Lea. Hertfordshire has also been described as the birth place of the paper making industry and as early as the 1490s paper was supplied from here to the crown.

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