TL9369 : Mill Road & Pakenham Water Mill

taken 3 years ago, near to Ixworth, Suffolk, Great Britain

Mill Road & Pakenham Water Mill
Mill Road & Pakenham Water Mill
Pakenham Watermill
Pakenham is a unique parish in Britain, being the only one with a working watermill and Windmill in the same gridsquare! TL9369 : Pakenham Windmill.
There has been a watermill on this spot since at least 1000 years when the Bishop of Suffolk, Theordred mentioned it in his will. In 1060 it was passed from Edward the Confessor King of England to the Abbey of St. Edmundsbury. The next record was the famous domesday report of 1086 which put it down as a 'winter mill'.
The Abbey was the owner until the dissolution by Henry the 8th between 1536 and 1541, being sold to Robert Spring in 1545, a Suffolk clothier. The foundations of the Tudor mill are still extant and it is thought this was built around this time. 1813 saw Charles Lowe take lease of the building, as part of the lease he spent 400 (a large sum then) building the present building. Putting his initials on the 1814 datestone. It was then that the mill was enlarged, with the pond and stream height. Making the water wheel a breast shot instead of a less efficient undershot. In 1903, ownership of the mill and the farmhouse was split. By 1930 a 17 horse power paraffin engine was installed (purchased third hand from another mill) replacing a steam engine, it would power the flour rolling mill and other machinery. The site was used mainly as a livestock food production unit, being closed only during the second world war (1939-45). It ceased to be a working mill in 1974. Being purchased by the Suffolk Building Preservation Trust. It has since been restored to working order complete with tearoom. It still grinds wholemeal flour from locally grown wheat. On some occasions bread is baked in the 18th century oven.
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Date Taken
Monday, 19 September, 2016   (more nearby)
Sunday, 25 September, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Business, Retail, Services  Roads, Road transport 
At (from Tags)
Grimstone End  Pakenham 
Primary Subject of Photo
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 93721 69482 [1m precision]
WGS84: 52:17.3588N 0:50.3385E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 93721 69482
View Direction
South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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Mill Road  Pakenham Water Mill  Water Mill 

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