You might not know...
It is believed there has been a water mill in Pakenham for around 1000 years
Flour has been produced on the site of Pakenham Water Mill since before William the Conqueror made a splash at Hastings. Find out a little more about the history of the mill here.
We are video stars
We were lucky to be the subject of a video commissioned by The Traditional Cornmillers Guild. You can watch it here.
You can buy our flour
As well as being a wonderful tourist attraction, Pakenham Water Mill really is a working mill producing high-quality wholemeal flour that is used by selected chefs and bakers throughout Suffolk.
The mill has always sold top quality stone ground wholemeal flour and we are now producing two more varieties. These are wholemeal spelt flour and wholemeal rye flour. Both these are milled from organically grown grain and are available at the mill or from our various local outlets.
You can buy our flour in four sizes:
1.5kg3kg5kg20kg£2.20£4.00£6.50£20 (by request only, collection from mill)
Flour can be purchased at the mill on Thursday mornings throughout the year and at other times when the mill is open in the summer. Flour can also bought at the following outlets:
Rickinghall (2nd Saturday of each month throughout the year)
Stowmarket Tourist Information Centre
Meat Today at the Village Store in Ixworth High Street
Bodhi Tree, The Traverse, Bury St. Edmunds.
Sparling and Faiers, Lavenham
Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead
Alder Carr Farm Shop, Needham Market
Infusions for Chefs - Rougham Industrial EstateEleveden Estate Shop
East of England Co-op Stores - Bury St Edmunds, Elmswell, Woolpit, Coombs
Cracknells Garage, Thurston
Who Owns the Mill?
Pakenham Water Mill is one of three historic properties owned by the Suffolk Building Preservation Trust Ltd. This is a charitable trust (Registered Charity number 265212) originally set up by the Suffolk Preservation Society to look after historic buildings in the county which it had acquired or been given.
The other properties are Little Hall in Lavenham, a medieval merchant's house which in the twentieth century became the home of Major John Gayer-Anderson, a collector of Egyptian antiquities, and Thelnetham Windmill, another fully restored working flour mill acquired by the Trust in 2013. All three buildings and their contents are Listed Grade II*, and Little Hall is an Accredited Museum.
Apart from a reserve balance kept for dealing with emergencies and routine administration, the Trust has no funds, but relies on grants and donations from organisations and individuals to meet the often considerable cost of maintaining the buildings in its care. The day-to-day running of all three sites is in the hands of teams of volunteers.