Old Mills along the Credit River
The lazy course of the Credit River today belies its importance to the early development of Peel County. The establishment of mills, particularly saw and grist mills, often marked the beginning of a community and provided the impetus for growth.
Mills were the backbone of early industry, economy and settlement. Mills fulfilled a practical need in the life of early settlers as places to grind grain, cut wood, or weave cloth.
By 1851, approximately 60 mills were operating along the Credit River. Two operating mills remain today in Streetsville, while most of the mills have vanished, leaving little evidence, and few photographs, behind.
Blain-Dracass Mill, Streetsville, c1920
Former Toronto Woollen Mills, Barberton, c1900
Hyde’s Ontario Mills and Ker’s Bobbin Factory, Streetsville, c1900
Hyde’s Ontario Mills, Streetsville, c1900
McGill Flour Mill, Racey Tract, Credit River, Erindale, c1870
Meadowvale Mill, c1930
Meadowvale Mill, c1910
Meadowvale Mill, c1925
Street-Blain Mill, along Credit River, Streetsville, c1900
Timothy Street Mill Complex and House, Streetsville, c1910
All images are courtesy of Heritage Mississauga.