September 11, 2015

11/09/2015: Milling Journals of the past at the Mills Archive

The Earsham Roller Flour Mills on the River Waveney in Norfolk
(From The Miller, October 2nd 1893)

by Mildred Cookson, The Mills Archive, UK

First published in Milling and Grain, June 2015
Early drawing 1793
The mill, taken over by Rank Hovis McDougall in 1977, sits in the centre of a wheat growing area in the valley of the Waveney. Its history dates back to Saxon times and the mill adjoins an ancient earthworks believed to be from this period.

An early drawing of the mill shows how it looked in 1793 when occupied by Mr Thomas Clarke, who had taken over the mill aged 24.

He learnt his trade from his father who owned and ran a Norfolk mill at Hoxne and he was reputed to be able to carry two 280 lbs sacks of flour, one under each arm. He also united his milling business with farming and baking.

Read the full article in the magazine online HERE.

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