Mill Wheels Grinding Part 2: Cock’s Mill

Mill Wheels Grinding.  {aka Yenta searching for mills- like any good Jewish Donna Quixote would do}

Cock’s Mill. Circa 1850, a grist mill-big wheel on the side ne? Built as a cotton mill, originally, the need for flour over shadowed this fanciful notion. {William Cock, an English entrepreneur of stature, hurriedly altered the building, to suit, and he was open for business in no time}

Main picture: Cock’s Mill 38 – West Bank (Truscott)

This beauty, sits comfortably, on the west side of the Kowie River, in Port Alfred; and I am always in awe, that this building, is 168 years old. The interior is ablaze with the finest Yellowwood timber. I marvel, at the idea that the great logs, where sourced in say Stutterheim, EC. and carted on wagons to site, dressed and shaped by hand, to create the doors, floors, windows, and flowing interior staircase.

Cock’s Mill. Old photo showing balcony

Having an artefact almost in my face daily, is so mind-blowing. Almost like living next door to Buckingham Palace. It’s there across the river from me, and in perfect condition, other than the old cast iron working parts, long gone into the hands of scrap merchants, and other nefarious characters along life’s path. In the pic with the small building on the right, were the mechanisms chains and all, used for the cotton conception, then flattened in modern times. The left-hand side housed the engine ‘Blackie’ the small train, and one of the pics shows another whimsical era, when someone added a balcony. Bizarre, and short-lived, thankfully. Another pic shows Cock’s ships, he was after all an entrepreneur, with his busy hands in harbour development and shipping, that small area, known as “Cock’s Wharf”.

Ships at Cock’s Mill

Mill stone at Richmond House – Bev Young

Cock’s Mill 15 – close-up from Marina

 

 


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