Pakenham Watermill, nr Bury St Edmunds

Pakenham Watermill, nr Bury St Edmunds

Dating back to the 18th century, this is the last working watermill in Suffolk.

It has been in the same place, a Domesday site, for almost a thousand year, where millers have been using the simple technology of water power to produce stone-ground wholemeal flour from locally-grown wheat.

Go and see the 16 foot high iron water wheel as it fills with water from Pakenham Fen and drives the mill-stones, turning wheat into flour. 

A friendly guide will show you how the mill works, how to hoist sacks of wheat to the top of the mill, what the damsel does, the 1904 Blackstone oil engine, and much more. 

In the former miller’s house next door you can see the old kitchen with its 18th C. brewing vat and bread oven. You will also find a delightful tea room there to relax in. 

Whilst your there, you can enjoy the lovely walks beside the millpond. 

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