Woodbridge's Working Tide Mill
Experience the sights, sounds and drama of the mill as wheels and stones turn, grinding the grain as they have done for many hundreds of years.
At Woodbridge Tide Mill, man has worked for over 800 years harnessing the totally reliable and predictable green energy from the tides to drive a mill producing flour and animal feed. This was the last commercially working tide mill in the UK and it has now been restored to working order.
When tides permit the five metre English oak waterwheel will turn the machinery, and grain will be milled to produce flour. An imaginative timeline records the Tide Mill’s long history and fascinating owners and is complemented by interactive models, audio stations, videos, display panels, life-size cut-outs of the miller’s family and cats. There's also a children's corner and dressing-up box.
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TURNING THE WATERWHEEL, DEMONSTRATING THE MACHINERY AND MILLING IS NOW RESUMED
We are pleased to announce that our volunteer millwrights have succeeded in replacing all 24 oak wedges to fix the pit wheel back in position again AND have balanced the wheel so it meshes properly with the wallower; the wheel can now drive the central shaft smoothly.
It is this balancing that has taken the time - it needed to be positioned in two dimensions (horizontal and vertical). Imagine moving around a cast iron wheel, around 3 metres across, weighing at least a couple of tonnes, on a square shaft nearly a metre wide to a tolerance of around a centimetre both horizontally and vertically on its outer rim, while driving in 24 wedges to hold position (it tires me just to read it), and you may understand the problem.
And that's not even coping with a rising tide which regularly drives the millwrights out of the pit!
The broken teeth are now replaced and well bedded in, and the wheel is nearly back in balance.
NORMAL SERVICE IS NOW FULLY RESUMED
Wheel turning and milling will be taking place in accordance with the times shown
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