LETHERINGSETT WATERMILL

Norfolk's Only Flour Producing Watermill

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100% Stoneground or Spelt flour!

 

About Letheringsett Mill


At the time of the Domesday book, 580 water mills were recorded in Norfolk, including one at Letheringsett but there were no windmills. By the 19th century there were only about 80 or 90 watermills still able to work. The red brick mill you see today was built in 1802. Letheringsett watermill is the last remaining watermill in Norfolk to produce flour.

 

Mike and Marion Thurlow took over the mill in 1987 and have restored the mill to working order and it is now an award winning tourist attraction.

 

A speciality wheat, Spelt is milled here at Letheringsett. Originally introduced to Britain by the Romans, Spelt is higher in vitamin B and protein and other wheat, and most wheat sensitive people can tolerate Spelt flour in their diet. Spelt flour is only one of the many different types of flour, dried fruit and nuts that can be purchased in the mill shop.

 

Letheringsett Mill holds regular working demonstrations of milling and a tour of the mill on most weekday afternoons. Mike usually conducts the tour himself and gives an informative and fascinating insight to the history of the mill and flour production.

 

Letheringsett Mill has a newly formed Friends of Letheringsett Mill Group.
For further details click the link below.

link to Friends of Letheringsett Mill website

 

 

Website last updated 22nd April 2011

History of Letheringsett Watermill

A watermill on the site at Letheringsett was mentioned in the Domesday book. The building you see today was built in 1802 to replace an earlier mill destroyed by fire. It was originally built to house four pairs of millstones, driven by power created by the iron waterwheel but only two pairs are working today. The water wheel is unusual in that it can be run breastshot but can be changed by a simple shutter to run undershot if the water levels fall in dry weather.

For a more detailed history and photographs of Letheringsett watermill and other mills in Norfolk, visit Norfolk Mills website www.norfolkmills.co.uk

 
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