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Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill is one of The Suffolk Coast’s most iconic buildings, why not visit this beautiful mill and live a miller’s life for the day?

Check the website for times of Milling Demonstrations and Wheel-Turnings. The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Woodbridge Tide Mill Museum is re-opening on Saturday and Sunday  4 – 5 July. After that weekend it will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Mill has acquired the Industry Standard ‘We're Good To Go’ mark which means that it has followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

The Mill, which relies on visitors’ entrance fees and purchases to survive has, like many, been severely hit by lockdown. It has, however, not been sitting idle!

The Mill restarted milling from the middle of May. A great deal of effort was spent making sure the processes were fully compliant with all the guidance associated with working whilst the pandemic exists. A small team of younger volunteers led by Mill Manager Dan Tarrant- Willis and Ian Gray has done a great job. Over two tonnes of grain has been milled and the resulting flour distributed to the Mill’s customers.

A major external redecoration of the Tide Mill also commenced in mid-May and is now complete. The result has drawn a lot of positive comment. Thanks to Nigel Barratt and Tim Buxbaum for overseeing this.

A lot of work has been done to ensure visitors and staff are safe when the Mill re-opens. Visitor numbers will be limited to pre-booked time-slots which can be purchased via our www.woodbridgetidemill.org or directly from https://www.ticketgun.com/events/woodbridge-tide-mill-re-opening. The Mill has produced a revised Visitors Guide which is on the website or here https://tinyurl.com/millopen 

About Woodbridge Tide Mill

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The earliest record of a tide mill on this site by the River Deben is in 1170. It was owned by the Augustinian Priors for around 350 years until Henry VIII confiscated it, and for the next 28 years it was in royal ownership.

Elizabeth I sold it to Thomas Seckford whose family owned it for over 100 years, followed by several private owners. When it closed in 1957 it was the last commercially working tide mill in England. It was saved in 1968, carefully restored and opened to the public again in 1973.

It is now one of only two tide mills in the country still producing stoneground wholemeal flour. Recently, further protection and restoration work has brought it back into use, endowed with a new giant waterwheel and many fascinating exhibits that show what life was like for the miller, and indeed all the other people and creatures at the mill (join the mouse hunt). 

Since then it has become one of the most valued and interesting attractions on The Suffolk Coast. For centuries man has worked at the Tide Mill, harnessing the reliable and green energy of the tide to produce flour; and the volunteers that take care of the Tide Mill have been honing their skills at the grinding stones, practicing this traditional art.

The Tide Mill has a jam-packed schedule of published milling times on its website and on the Choose Woodbridge website that shows when visitors can watch the historic water wheel in action and see the millers making flour.

The Tide Mill is ideally situated to be the first stop on your visit to the beautiful market town of Woodbridge. Follow the river wall for a tranquil walk along the banks of the River Deben or saunter across Quayside into Woodbridge to browse the shops or grab a bite at one of the many fine pubs and restaurants.

To avoid disappointment make sure you visit www.woodbridgetidemill.org.uk to find out the next milling time and the Tide Mill’s opening hours.

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