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.

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 and the running costs are covered by flour sales together with income from admission charges and takings in the tearoom and shop. Everything you spend goes towards keeping these special places open.

Read all about it.

This fascinating book is the result of several year’s research by David Eddershaw, a historian and volunteer Curator of the mill. The story of the mill is not just about the development of milling technology, but about the people who have owned and run it through those long centuries since it was built almost a thousand years ago. It’s about local and national events which have affected it and about the part it has played from time to time in the life of the village of Pakenham. The story of a flour mill is also closely linked with the story of bread and how that has changed over the years.

Far from being just an isolated building in the depths of rural Suffolk, its story reveals links with Abbots and Prime Ministers, a national lottery scandal, bread riots, war and peace, poverty and prosperity.

The Story of Pakenham Water Mill costs £7.50 and is on sale at the mill and Pakenham Post Office.

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