Our season for 2014 is Saturday 5th April to Sunday 28th September.
During this time, the Mill is open every Thursday, 10.00am until 4.30pm when you will be able to see, in the morning, the milling and bagging of flour and other tasks the volunteers undertake. The Mill is also open for tours and tea on Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays, 1.30pm until 5.00pm. Milling can also be seen on Sunday afternoons during July and August from 2.00pm to 3.30pm
We look forward to seeing you!
During the closed season the Mill will be open for flour sales from 9.30am to 11.00am on Thursdays.
If you wish to arrange a group visit for 2014, or have any other queries, please contact the Chairman, Brian Aket, on 01359 230275.
The parish of Pakenham is unique in Britain in having both a working watermill and a working windmill.
The 18th century watermill, the last working watermill in Suffolk and now owned by the Suffolk Building Preservation Trust, is on a Domesday site. Here, for almost a thousand years, millers have been using the simple technology of water power to produce stone-ground wholemeal flour from locally-grown wheat. The mill is maintained and operated by a team of dedicated volunteers who continue the tradition.
Water from Pakenham Fen collects in the beautiful mill pond to turn the 16 foot high iron water-wheel that drives the mill-stones which turn the wheat into flour. The friendly guide will show you how the mill works, how to hoist sacks of wheat to the top of the mill, what the damsel does, the 1904 Blackstone oil engine, and much more besides.
In the former miller’s house next door you can see the old kitchen with its 18th C. brewing vat and bread oven.
There are pleasant walks beside the mill-pond, a beautiful setting with excellent opportunities for taking photographs, sketching and painting – or you can just sit and enjoy the view!
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