Local History Notebook

Harthope Mill
Hartup Mill

Grid Reference NZ 1084 3220, 1km north west of Hamsterley, County Durham.

Harthope Mill
Harthope Mill From the north-west (from the side of the Harthope Beck) 2nd October 2010

Identified by R.F. Tylecote as probably the site of the early 15th century Byrkeknott bloomery and definitely the
 site of a 14th/15th century bloomery. "As late as 1828 this burn was known as the Harehope Burn, and the mill as Hartup Mill, in the same document.' " At this time it was a cornmill 1

Location Of Byrkeknott / Harthope Mill
Plan of Harthope Mill from Tylecote "The location of Byrkeknott"

Location of Harthope / Hartup Mill
The location of Harthope / Hartup Mill within the valley of the Harthope Beck

Harthope Mill millpond
Mill race at Harthope Mill
Section through bank of millrace
Section through
millrace bank

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The head of the millrace is possibly some six feet above the stream valley bottom. There must have been a (wooden?) leat connecting to a header pond connecting to the stream.

Harthope Beck above Harthope Mill
The Harthope Beck above Harthope Mill

Side of old wheelpit showing ashlar stone
Side of wheelpit showing ashlar masonry

The room to the south of the room excavated by Tylecote has a wall of ashlared stone to the north. The other side of the wall is random coursed masonry. It is assumed that this is one side of the wheelpit and that the other side has been demolished during the later construction of a byre. It can be seen how the rear wall butts onto the old wall of the wheelpit.


1    In 1828  "William Jopling, corn miller, Hartup Mill"
History, Directory and Gazeteer of thecouties of Durham and ..., William Parsons and Willliam White.

1856 "William James, Hartup Mill"
History, topography, and directory of the county palatine of Durham ...  By Whellan, William, & Co

2    Hartup Mill in 1891 census