With of the Chilterns Tourism Net­work

MARY TEBJE

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - WHAT’S ON THIS WEEKEND -

VISIT th­ese gen­tle gi­ants on the Chiltern ridges: work­ing wa­ter­mills at Ford End, a typ­i­cal small farm mill of the late 1800s, and Red­bourn­bury Mill and Bak­ery on the River Ver – milling and bak­ing from crop to crust. One thing they have in com­mon is that they were all res­cued and re­stored by vol­un­teers. We salute them!

Ford End Water­mill at Iv­inghoe was recorded in 1616, but is cer­tainly much older, and re­mained in use un­til 1963. Re­stored by vol­un­teers, it is the only re­main­ing water­mill work­ing with orig­i­nal ma­chin­ery in Buck­ing­hamshire.

It re­tains all the at­mos­phere of a small farm mill of the late 1800s and has an un­usual fea­ture – a sheep­wash in the tail­race be­low the mill. Wash­ing made the fleece eas­ier to shear and in­creased its value. Stone­ground whole­meal flour is on sale dur­ing milling demon­stra­tions. Milling events and open­ing times on the web­site: www.for­dend­wa­ter­mill. co.uk

Red­bourn­bury Water­mill is a work­ing mill pro­duc­ing a range of stone­ground or­ganic flours, prin­ci­pally from lo­cally grown grains. It is run by a team of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, hav­ing been ex­ten­sively re­stored fol­low­ing a fire in 1987. When the present own­ers bought the mill from the Crown, it had been un­used since the 1950s. At this stage the mill was well pre­served, although it did need con­sid­er­able re­pairs, pro­vid­ing a unique his­tor­i­cal record of an early Vic­to­rian water­mill.

On the night of 22nd Au­gust 1987 dis­as­ter struck. Fire broke out in the roof of the mill only a few days af­ter restora­tion work had be­gun.

It de­stroyed most of the in­te­rior of the mill and much of the top floor of the house. With con­sid­er­able skill and brav­ery the main gear­ing on the ground floor was saved by the fire brigade, mak­ing re­build­ing pos­si­ble. Milling events and open­ing times on the web­site: www.red­bourn­burymill. co.uk

Hawridge Wind­mill which is also known as Choles­bury Wind­mill is a con­verted tower mill in Hawridge. The first mill on the site, known as the Hawridge Wind and Steam Mill, was a smock mill con­structed in 1863 by the Nor­wich Wind and Steam Com­pany, who also in­stalled a steam en­gine and built an en­gine house with a tall chim­ney. sec­ond

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Choles­bury Wind­mill

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