Monday, July 13, 2020

Cogglesford Watermill open for National Mills Weekend

Cogglesford Watermill will be open to visitors from 11am to 4pm on Sunday 10th May as part of National Mills Weekend. Visitors will have the chance to see this historic Watermill in operation, producing its own flour just as it would have been 200 years ago.

National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of the UK’s milling heritage, and the chance for everyone to explore their local windmills and watermills. The weekend is coordinated by the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

Cogglesford Watermill, dating back to Saxon times, is thought to be the only Sherriff’s watermill still in operation in England and is set in a picturesque setting on the River Slea. Although the present Mill was mainly built in the early 18th Century, millers have produced flour on this site for over a thousand years.

National Mills Weekend also marks the start of Real Bread Maker Week, run by the Real Bread Campaign, which encourages people to bake or buy traditionally made bread. Cogglesford Watermill will also be welcoming Sonya Hundal from Greenfield Bakers. Sonya will be selling a variety of artisan bread loaves, made from stoneground organic flour and baked in a French clay wood-fired oven and bringing lots of samples to try first.

If you’re inspired to make your own bread you can buy flour which has been ground at the mill, using certified organic wheat using a free recipe card.

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