TUCKING MILL is a small hamlet within the parish of
Monkton Combe ,
Somerset , England. It lies on
Midford Brook and was a key point on
the now disused
Somerset Coal Canal .
It is at the southern end of the
Two Tunnels Greenway which follows
the disused railway trackbed of the
Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway
Twerton through the Bath suburb of
Oldfield Park to the
Devonshire Tunnel , emerging into Lyncombe Vale before entering the
Combe Down Tunnel , and then coming out to cross
Tucking Mill Viaduct
There is also a small reservoir, which is now a fishery for the
* 1 William Smith\'s home
* 2 Fuller\'s earth factory
* 3 Gallery
* 4 References
WILLIAM SMITH\'S HOME
From 1798 until 1810
Tucking Mill was the home of William Smith , an
English geologist , credited with creating the first nationwide
geological map . He is known as the "Father of English
Geology " for
collating the geological history of
England and Wales into a single
record. He worked on the
Somerset coalfield and the
Canal . There is a plaque on
Tucking Mill Cottage saying that it was
Smith's home, which was erected in 1888, on the mill which was
demolished in 1927, and the tablet was mislaid. When the plaque was
rediscovered in the 1930s the
Geological Society of London
Geological Society of London and the
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution placed it on the 18th
century cottage,. However, it is now believed that he actually lived
in the nearby
Tucking Mill House. During his occupation he built a
small railway to transport stone from a quarry at Kingham Field, Combe
Down to the canal.
FULLER\'S EARTH FACTORY
From 1883 until the end of
World War II
World War II it was the site of a
fuller\'s earth factory. George Dames and his brother Charles Richard
Dames set up a mine in Horsecombe Vale. At the bottom of the valley
was the pan grinding works where water from Horsecombe Brook was used
to make a slurry from which sand settled at the bottom of troughs. The
slurry then passed through an earthenware pipe to Tucking Mill, where
a second stage of sedimentation took place in large troughs where it
settled for up to 30 days. Once the water had been drained by sluices
the damp caked earth was carried in wooden trams to kilns where it was
dried for three to four days. The product was used in the oil refining
and pharmaceutical industries. The original uses in woollen production
no longer used fuller's earth. A railway siding at
station was built specifically to load fuller's earth.
The cottage at
Tucking Mill which has a plaque saying that William
Smith lived there
The house William Smith actually lived in
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