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Pakenham Water Mill

For almost a thousand years millers on this site have been using the simple technology of water power to produce stone-ground wholemeal flour. Now owned by the Suffolk Building Preservaton Trust, it is run by dedicated volunteers who continue the tradition.

The present mill building dates from c1790. It is powered by a 16ft high breastshot waterwheel installed in 1898 and still driving the millstones today. There is also a 1904 Blackstone oil engine, restored but no longer in use. The attached millers house has a restored period kitchen c1914, and a much older back kitchen with open fire, brewing vat, bread oven and washing copper.

All visitors to the mill are taken around by an experienced guide, and can watch the milling process on most Thursday mornings. There is also a tearoom serving coffee, light lunches and teas, scones and cakes etc., which can be used with or without going round the mill. See calendar for mill and tearoom opening times and special events.

This is a working flour mill producing strong stoneground wholemeal and organically grown spelt and rye for sale at the mill or at other outlets in Suffolk.

Opening times - see calendar: To see all events, pull the scrollbar down and up several times or press "look for more" repeatedly.

Open to visitors April - September

Thursdays: 10.00-16.00

Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays: 13.30-17.00


01359 230275
07585 899633

If we are not available you may get our answering machine. Please do leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Mill Road
Bury St Edmunds
IP31 2NB

Grid reference - TL 937 694
OS Sheet - 155

The Water Mill is situated in the village of Pakenham, 7 miles east of Bury St Edmunds. Follow the brown signs from the A143 near Ixworth.

Pakenham Water Mill