Lifting the lid on Houghton Mill’s annual mill stone inspection
Houghton Mill is the last surviving mill on the River Great Ouse able to produce stoneground flour from a water-powered wheel. The historic mill uses French Burr stones and the same traditional methods used over 150 years ago.
Once the mill reopens for the season each Spring it produces over 150kg of flour each Sunday, and double that during the summer months when the mill runs twice a week.
Milling flour using 18th century machinery is a noisy and very physical process that can eventually take its toll even on even the most hard wearing of mill stones.
In preparation for the season ahead, each year specialist millwrights Dorothea Restorations and our experienced volunteer millers work together to inspect, clean and prepare both pairs of mill stones for the year ahead.