Millers Wagon

Details

Categories Wagon Walk
Theme(s) Food and drink,
People,
Transport
Collection Wagons, carts and carriages
Date c.1880
Object number 51/1295
  • Description
  • Archival History

This is a Miller’s wagon, owned by a man called Benjamin Cole. He ran the Codicote and Kimpton mills near Luton, on the Hertfordshire border. He had to abandon both of these mills because the River Mimram became too low to power their milling stones.

Benjamin also owned Hyde Mill, which drew its water from another river. It was located down the road from the railway, a great advantage over other mills as it meant he could export his flour to town and city centres. The road to the railway was steep and his wagon would often carry three tons. Two horses were needed to pull it when fully loaded.

The wagon also has a six-pointed star on its front. Rather than being a Jewish symbol, it is believed to simply be decorative.

This is a Miller’s wagon, owned by a man called Benjamin Cole. He ran the Codicote and Kimpton mills near Luton, on the Hertfordshire border. He had to abandon both of these mills because the River Mimram became too low to power their milling stones.

Benjamin also owned Hyde Mill, which drew its water from another river. It was located down the road from the railway, a great advantage over other mills as it meant he could export his flour to town and city centres. The road to the railway was steep and his wagon would often carry three tons. Two horses were needed to pull it when fully loaded.

The wagon also has a six-pointed star on its front. Rather than being a Jewish symbol, it is believed to simply be decorative.