1,000-Year-OId Mill Resumes Production to Supply Flour During Lockdown
Folks in the UK have been baking up quite a storm according to the National Association of British & Irish Millers (NABIM).
To help combat the resulting flour shortages, a 1,000-year-old English flour mill has resumed commercial production for the first time in decades.
The Sturminster Newton Mill has been nestled into its charming spot on the banks of the River Stour since 1016. It’s mentioned in Britain’s earliest known public record, called the Doomsday Book, which was written ion 1086 at the request of William the Conqueror.
So yeah, this Mill is OLD.
The Mill operated at a limited capacity until 1970 and then it was turned into a museum in 1994.
Millers Pete Loosmore and Imogen Bittner generally run the mill-turned-museum a grand total of two days per month, producing just enough flour to provide visitors with small souvenir bags.
But, when the duo heard that grocery stores were running out of flour, they realized the water-powered mill could make a real difference.
In April alone the mill ground more than one ton of wheat—what would normally be a full year’s supply for the museum.
“It’s like stepping back to an earlier way of life, where power was harnessed naturally and without pollution,” says Bittner. “It’s good to see that the old mill can rise to the challenge.”