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Mill Street, Warwick
Mill Street is a road in the south of Warwick's town centre.
Running southwest from Castle Hill to the edge of Warwick Castle it forms part of the circle of extra-mural roads in Warwick.
At its west end it formally crossed the Avon via a stone bridge at its, called the Great Bridge. At the bridge's southern end was Little Street, which connected with the roads in the Bridge End area of the Town. The bridge was considered to be the Town's South Gate.
Today the bridge is in ruin and the river is crossed via Castle Bridge on Banbury Road, which was built in 1785. After the destruction of the old bridge (soon after construction of the new) Mill Street became a dead-end, having previously been a main road.
It was also at one time connected with Castle Street, which ran from its current terminous at Castle Lane all the way south to the end of Mill Street.
Mill Street's name may be reference to the water mill located at the end of the road, that was previously used to generate electricity for the castle.
Having escaped the fire of 1694, Mill Street retains many of its vernacular buildings.
Whilst laying water pipes in 1857, workmen found a 15th century stone figure of St James the Apostle. It is assumed that it had previously been located in a niche in St James' Chapel.
1: A history of Warwick and its People. Thomas Kemp. 1904. Page 90
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