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Albert Goodwin made a number of visits to the cathedral city of Winchester, from at least as early as 1864, when he was only 19 years old. He seems to have been attracted by both its evocative medieval architecture and its distinctive setting in the valley of the Itchen, a fine example of a chalk stream. Here, in a watercolour of 1875, he focussed on the characteristic breadth, shallowness and crystal clarity of a particular stretch, which powers one of Hampshire’s many mills.
Members of the Hampshire Mill Group have made the convincing suggestion that the mill in Goodwin’s watercolour is Winchester City Mill as viewed from the north. If it is correct, then the mill itself can only be glimpsed towards the top left of the image, and is mostly obscured by a thatched roof. The thatched roof belonged to a pig sty, which stood on the island that divides the mill race from the main course of the Itchen.
With thanks to the members of the Hampshire Mill Group for their help in the compilation of this note.