12th-century corn mill grinds back into action

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A corn mill in Cumbria is producing flour for the first time in more than 30 years to help keep up with the demand for home baking during the coronavirus lockdown.

Warwick Bridge Corn Mill was built in the 12th century, but was closed in 1989. In 2015 it was badly damaged by Storm Desmond, and since then has undergone a £2m restoration.

There were plans in place for the community-owned mill to open a bakery on-site later in the year, but millers decided to start production much sooner than expected, due to the rising demand for flour during lockdown as people bake more at home.

I started getting a few phone calls from various local shops who were saying 'we've only got one of two bags of flour left, we can't get hold of anymore, could you mill us some?' We had the equipment reconditioned, we were due to start producing small batches so we've had to jump in and start producing large batches instead.

Karen Mason, Miller
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The mill is now supplying flour to local retailers including village shops in Wetheral, Houghton, and Corby Hill.

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