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Historic mill restoration

Volunteers working at Houghton Mill Photo: National Trust

Work is currently underway at Houghton Mill near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire to install a new set of millstones so more grain can be milled in the traditional way.

Houghton Mill has stood on the banks of the River Great Ouse for more than a thousand years. Now the mill entertains and enthrals visitors, both young and old, by immersing people in a way of life that has long since been consigned to the history books.

The mill currently has a set of millstones which usually operate every Sunday. Now in response to demand the National Trust, which runs the mill, is installing a new set of French stones over the next few months which will be able to be used on a daily basis.

Mixing cement at Houghton Mill Credit: The National Trust

“It’s a fascinating project” says Phil O`Donoghue, Property Operations Manager atHoughton Mill. “The mill really comes to life when the millstones are working, but becausethey can only work when the river is at a certain level - our volunteer millers are only ableto mill flour on specific days”.

Houghton Mill hopes that the installation of the new stones will enable more flour to be milled to sell on a commercial basis, helping to bring in the much needed income to maintain the building, as well and providing everyone who visits a great time, showing them how they still mill flour in a traditional way.