Upper Beeding is 'near' the coast on the River Adur.
Though I don't imagine that the site would be necessarily to do with saltworkings as this is pretty prolific along the Sussex coast itself.
Upper Beeding is at the far eastern extremity of the South Downs/Chichester Plain agricultural zone that until recently was a major grain producing area of Britain. This area abounded with mills of all types: wind, water and tidal.
I would suspect that the mill at Upper Beeding was primarily for grain milling.
Others may be interested in knowing that the bridge at Upper Beeding was the crossing point, of the Adur, by Charles II et al in his escape from the Battle of Worcester. There is an interesting account by Colonel Gunter, of Racton (Sussex), of the moment that the king crossed the bridge and encountered a dragoon of parliamentary cavalry. The latter passed by without any mention.> Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2007 17:27:39 -0700> From: [log in to unmask]> Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Monstic Watermills> To: [log in to unmask]> > >Beatrice Hopkinson wrote:> >> > >> I am interessted in the name 'Sele' Priory which might have a salt> >> association.> >> Is Upper beeding on the coast?> >> >Sele is OE sele 'hall'. We can tag this one as 'wishful thinking' :-)> > >John Briggs> > I am aware of that, but the word actually appears in OE documents> in the context of a saltworks (sometimes referred to as a Seal). > Spelling was not a strongpoint and literacy was not widespread at that > time, so it is quite possible the spelling was wrong, though the > interpretation in this context is correct - see Della Hooke. That does > not of course assume that Sele is generally used in that way and it was > just an enquiry!> > Don't be so fast to tag!> > Bea
Feel like a local wherever you go.