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Whitchurch Voices

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we were able to work with members of the local community to gather a number of memories from previous Mill employees and Whitchurch residents to build this oral history project. We are happy to be able to share these recollections with you on this page.

Geoff Hide “My great-grandfather bought the Mill for his son my Great-Uncle James who ran the Mill from aged 18-89.  He wasn’t married, but he was married to the Mill.  None of the family ever worked in the Mill – it was Uncle James’ Mill.”
Alan Day was born in Great Lane, Whitchurch, off Bell Street in 1938. He recalls a lot of changes to the town through his lifetime and the residents of Great Lane.
Joan Baverstock worked at the Mill for 25 years. She talks about producing different types of silk for a wide range of different customer including West End shows like Cats and Phantom of the Opera.
Tracy Mason began working at the Mill in 1987 and recalled that at the time the Mill was undergoing a lot of building work – leading her to make a lot of cups of tea for the builders!

If you have any memories or stories that you would like to share with us and contribute to our oral history project, please get in touch on 01256 892065 or email


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