It seems that at some time during the 18th C, three Irish harvesters quarrelled over their earnings in the vicinity of the mill, and the one who had the largest share was murdered by the other two. The murderers then stopped at The Greyhound Inn, Shotwick, and attempted to rob the landlady.
Caught in the act, they were arrested and imprisoned at Chester, where they confessed to the murder of their companion. They were tried and executed and, in accordance with the custom of the time, their bodies were hung in chains, or ‘gibbeted’, near to the scene of their crime – in this case from an ash tree that grew close to the mill – as a warning to others.
Since then Saughall mill has been known locally as The Gibbet Mill – a name that must have served as a warning to potential criminals long after the corpses had been taken down.
Now though it’s a beautiful home standing on the side of the Chester High Road, and I was fortunate to get some beautiful skies behind it as I passed by today.
(Final prints do not feature watermarks)