March 30, 2016

30/03/2016: Milling around the World at the Mills Archive - British Empire Mills

by Mildred Cookson, The Mills Archive, UK

First published in Milling and Grain, February 2015   

On looking through our journals at the Mills Archive I feel none seem to cover the story of roller flour milling as well as the two most popular in the UK and one from the USA. They reflect the story with articles and illustrations of their time. I refer to The Miller, Milling and The Northwestern Miller.

In June 1902, eleven years after it first appeared, Milling published an article entitled “British Empire Mills”. In those days the magazine described itself as “A Leading Weekly Organ of British and Irish Millers”; nowadays its successor, Milling and Grain has a worldwide reach, in print and electronically, that would have been unthinkable at the start of the 20th century. It is, nevertheless, enlightening to see how the infant magazine addressed its international relevance.

The Milling article is well illustrated with exterior photographs of typical British mills in various countries, some of which are reproduced here. The mills selected were fitted out by one of three, well-known firms, Simon, Robinson and Turner.

The setting and architecture of the buildings housing these roller mill plants were all very different, depending on the country in which they were located. The mills covered varied from the large port mills to the smaller country mill, with many recording the use of horses and wagons for the carting of the grain and flour.

The following paragraphs illustrate the breadth and depth of the article. Some of the mills were described in great detail, while for others there is just a brief paragraph giving the date of the mill, its name and location with a note of the milling plant and number of bags per hour that could be achieved.
Messrs W Webb & Co’s Roller Flour Mills, Sandhurst,
Victoria (Robinson’s System)
Read the full article in Milling and Grain HERE

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