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Whissendine Village

Recorded as Wichingedene in the 11th century Domesday Book Whissendine’s name reveals its Anglo-Saxon origins. It refers to the “Wisingas” who lived in a stream valley (dene). Whissendine Brook still runs through the middle of the village.

In the last 50 years Whissendine has grown in size but there is still much to remind us of the medieval village nestled alongside the Whissendine Brook.

Whissendine Mill, which is still a prominent landmark, was built in the early 1800s and has a six floor tower is said to be the second tallest in Britain.

The sails were damaged by a storm in 1922 and the mill stood derelict for nearly 80 years. Nigel Moon bought it in 1995 and the process of restoring it began. Today the handcrafted wooden machinery is again turning large millstones. With the restoration of the sails wheat will once more be ground by wind power.

The village was once famous for the production of a soft cheese called Whissendine Slipcote. Made by Ann and William Fowler of Manor Farm, it was much in demand by fashionable London clubs in the late 19th century. By the end of World War 1 production of it had ceased and the recipe itself has been lost.

The other dominant building in the village is the Church of St. Andrews. Although a church is known to have existed in the 12th century the present church was not started until the 13th century. It was reconstructed and enlarged in the 14th century, including the imposing tower.

There was a third large building in Whissendine around the end of the 19th century, Whissendine Brewery. At the end of the century this industrial building was converted into a large dwelling house which can be seen today as 'the Red House' in the Nook. The village at one time had five public houses of which two still remain.

One building you will not find in the village is Whissendine Station. This is because when it did exist it was more than a mile out of the village along Station Road. The signal box nearby still exists to this day.

Businesses have come and gone and will no doubt continue to do so in the future. 

A walk around the village is thoroughly recommended. There are many interesting buildings of which 20 are Grade 1 or 2 listed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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