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Mill Street

At the time of the Domesday Survey, Maidstone had six mills; at least one of these was probably on this site. Certainly the medieval archbishops' mills were sited here, and the stretch of water between Palace Avenue and Rootes Garage is the old millpond, albeit rather formalised. Until the end of the 19th century, there were two mills in Mill Street - one on the west side of the road straddling the River Len, and one on the east side near the present junction with Palace Avenue (which is a new street created in the early 20th century).

The mills disappeared circa 1904 when Mill Street was widened and straightened to accommodate a new tram line. Beneath the modern bridge carrying Mill Street/Bishops' Way, the original medieval bridge with pointed arches, which gave access to the Archbishops' Palace, is preserved. It can be seen by descending the steps in the Palace Gardens behind the Gatehouse.

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