bark mill

1) A mill for chopping the bark used in the process of tanning.

The tannery at Fountains Abbey was an important concern and the process of chopping the bark, which elsewhere was probably done by hand, is likely to have been carried out there by a water-powered mill. It is referred to in the lease of 1532 as one barke mylne, one of several howses of office and again in the Dissolution documents a few years later as unum Molendinum vocat. le Barke mylle.

dates 1532

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