Pakenham Watermill :: Shared Description

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.
by Ashley Dace
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TL9369 : Waterwheel at Pakenham Watermill by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : Milling Machinery at Pakenham by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : Milling Stone - Pakenham by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : Grain  Dresser by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : Restored Kitchen in Pakenham Watermill by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : Pakenham Watermill by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : Pakenham - The Pit Wheel by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : The Three Stones by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : The Working Stone by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : Pakenham Watermill by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : View up the Chimney by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : The Mill Pond by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : The Midget Roller Mill by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : Waterwheel at Pakenham Mill by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : Pakenham Watermill by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : Governor and Pit Wheel by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : The Stones at Pakenham Mill by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : Mill Stones by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : 16/17th  Century Building by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : Rolling Mill - Pakenham by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : Mill Pond of Pakenham Watermill by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : Pakenham Watermill - Crown Wheel by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : Pakenham Watermill by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : Old Plough by Ashley Dace
TL9369 : The Rolling Mill - Pakenham by Ashley Dace

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Created: Thu, 5 Aug 2010, Updated: Tue, 10 Aug 2010

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