The Mill Story – Part 1

The name Ecclesall does not occur in the Domesday Book of 1086. It is first mentioned 150 years later in the early thirteenth century, when Beauchief Abbey was given a mill on the river Sheaf by the de Ecclesall family. In payment for this mill, the canons of Beauchief were to provide a cleric to say prayers daily at the Ecclesall’s chapel. (During the 12th to 14th centuries, it was the practice of wealthy landowners to give land or money to religious establishments, for the benefit of their souls in the afterlife.)

Who were the de Ecclesall family and the Beauchief Canons and where was the chapel?

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