18th century watermill, the last working watermill in Suffolk, is now owned by the Suffolk Building Preservation Trust. Water from Pakenham Fen collects in the beautiful mill pond to turn the 16ft high iron waterwheel that drives the mill stones which turn the wheat into flour. In the former miller’s house next door you can see the old kitchen with its 18th century brewing vat and bread oven.
- Souvenir Shop
- Part disabled access
Mill Road Pakenham Bury St Edmunds Suffolk IP31 2NB
31 Mar-Sep Thu 1000-1600, Sat-Sun & BHol 1300-1630.
By Rail: Thurston / 5 miles
The parish of Pakenham is unique in Britain in having both a water mill and a windmill. Here, for almost a 1,000 years, millers have been using the simple technology of water power to produce stone-ground wholemeal flour from locally-grown wheat.
The friendly guide will show you how the mill works, how to hoist sacks of wheat to the top of the mill, what the damsel does, the 1904 Blackstone oil engine, and much more besides.