Experience Clyston Mill
The miller had an 'eye' for the flow of the water, an 'ear' for the sound of stones grinding, a 'thumb' for the quality of flour and a 'feel' for the slow working of the mill.
There has been a mill named Clyston at Broadclyst for many hundreds of years. The first mention of it was first made in The Domesday Book in 1086, where it was referred to as Clistone/tona mill. Its location was a mystery at this time, but it was thought to be on a stretch of river north of where the mill is today.
In 1806, Samuel Flood had the mill and a windmill ion the other side of the village. Proof of it in this location was given in 1859, when tenant miller Richard Burton was unable to mill flour on many occasions due to the lack of water, so he bought a steam engine from London to power the mill.
In 1862, a disastrous fire started in the mill stable and ruined the dwelling house, but luckily the mill and its machinery were saved. The waterwheel used to drive the millstones was a low-breast shot wheel made mainly of cast iron and wooden cogs. Taylor & Bodley, engineers and millwrights of Exeter, installed it in 1880 - it's a fine example of Victorian engineering.
The mill was active into the early twentieth century. It pressed apples from 1915, ground corn into the 1930s and pumped water until the 1940s. It served the local community, pumping water to a reservoir behind the Red Lion pub for Monday wash day. This stopped in the 1940s when the water tower was built to supply the vilalge. The mill’s machinery was also used to drive equipment for pulping and pressing apples for cider. The cider press, apple crusher and some barrels are on display in what was the pump house. They date from 1915 and were last used in 2000.
In 1944, the Killerton estate, including the mill was left to the National Trust by Sir Richard Acland. The mill we know today makes 5/6 tons of award-winning flour each year. Stop by Killerton's award-winning restaurant or cafes to taste freshly baked scones and bread, all made with Clyston Mill flour.