Mark Barrett is the new Curator at Woodbridge Tide Mill Museum. He reintroduces us to everything the Mill has to offer:
“Woodbridge Tide Mill is a working tide mill and one of two in the country still producing flour. There has been a Tide Mill located here for over 850 years.”
“History: Woodbridge Tide Mill was operated by Woodbridge Priory during the Middle Ages. After which it passed to Henry VIII and later Elizabeth I. In 1957 the main shaft broke and for ten years it decayed and rotted until saved by Mrs. R.T. Gardner of Wickhambrook who bought it and set up a trust fund to save it. A huge restoration project was carried out and a new waterwheel installed in May 1976. In recent years, further protection and restoration work has brought it back into use as a popular, interactive, working museum with many fascinating exhibits that bring the Mill’s rich history to life. It is now one of the most visited and interesting attractions on the Suffolk Coast, thanks to the hard work and commitment of the volunteers and the Board of Trustees.”
“Food Production: We live in a beautiful and bountiful part of the UK. The Tide Mill tells the story from ‘field to fork’. From our nutritious wheat, hard-working farmers to our history of milling and skilful bakers.
Engineering: Constructed in wood, iron and stone the building is an early machine designed to turn local wheat into bread to feed the community. Over centuries the Waterwheel has been driven by the river Deben turning the massive ground floor Pit Wheel which in turn drives the first floor grinding stones and second floor Crown Wheel that lifts sacks of wheat to the top of the Mill. All of this is on clear display and a real feast for those keen on engineering.”
“Green energy: With today’s Green Agenda the Mill stands as an eight-centuries-old example of natural, environmentally friendly energy production. So much so that local schools, societies, and other groups come to see ‘free energy’ being produced. The Mill has recently installed a micro generator harnessing this power for more modern uses like charging mobile phones.”
“Wildlife: located on the river Deben and next to the Marina that stands on the old, larger Millpond. The area is frequented by a wide variety of wading birds, sea birds, migrating birds as well as the occasional seal.”
Please come and visit this piece of Woodbridge history with all its many attractive facets. Find out more on the Woodbridge Tide Mill website.