Watercolour of Cams Mill, Fareham, signed and dated 1915


Cerise Boyle (1875-1951)
Cams Mill, Fareham

Watercolour, signed and dated 1915

Framed and glazed
Overall size including frame: 42.5 x 57 cm

Cerise Champion de Crespigny was born on 6th December 1875, the daughter of Sir Claude Champion de Crespigny, 4th Baronet (1847-1935). She married Vice-Admiral Hon. Robert Francis Boyle and lived at Fairthorne House in Catisfield, Fareham.

The original and picturesque Cams Mill stood at the mouth of the Wallington river, after you pass the modern Cams Mill pub on the road from Portchester, and before driving under the railway arches. There would have been earlier constructions, but the last mill house to stand on the site, and that depicted here, was dismantled in 1920 having fallen into disrepair. The mill was of oak construction with tarred timber weatherboarding and was first mentioned in a document of 1648. There was also an adjoining brick house that dated to the early 18th century.

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