Quiz of the Week: Houghton Mill

View of Houghton Mill across the mill pond and wildflowers

How well do you know some of the places in our care in the East of England? Test your knowledge, challenge your friends and family, and learn something new along the way with our weekly quiz.

1. Houghton Mill is the last surviving mill on what river?

A. River Great Ouse 
B. River Stour
C. River Waveney

2. Various mills have occupied this spot since 969. But who owned the mill In the Middle Ages?

A. The Crown
B. A nearby Benedictine Abbey
C. A wealthy village baker 

3. Who is commemorated in the village, in the form of a bronze statue?

A. A super kneady mill worker
B. Potto Brown, the miller
C. The miller’s pure bread cat

4. When did Houghton Mill reach its peak for top quality flour production? 

A. 1750s
B. 1850s
C. 1950s

5. The millstones used to grind the grain into flour originate from which country?

A. France
B. Italy 
C. Spain

6. Along this 70 mile stretch of river, how many water mills would there have once been?

A. 7
B. 50
C. 120

7. What was the mill used as after the Second World War until the 1980s?

A. A post office
B. A youth hostel
C. The village school

8. Why did the water wheel need reinstating in 1999?

A. It had been stolen
B. It hadn’t worked for over 70 years
C. It had been destroyed in a fire 

9. What was installed in 2013 to help the mill operate when the water wheel wasn’t running?

A. Solar powered millstones
B. Wind powered millstones 
C. Electric powered millstones

10. What sort of flour is produced when the mill is operational?

A. Stone ground wholemeal flour 
B. Plain white flour
C. Self-raising flour


Answers: 1A, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5A, 6C, 7B, 8B, 9C, 10A