The first record of a tide mill here on the River Deben is in 1170.
The Tide Mill Living Museum
The first record of a tide mill here on the River Deben is in 1170. A tide mill has stood in Woodbridge for over 800 years, using the green energy of the tide to drive a huge waterwheel, grinding an authentic stoneground wholemeal flour. It demonstrates over 800 years of English technological and cultural heritage from Norman times to date. The present mill was built in 1793 and its massive working machinery displays the skills and achievements of the early Industrial Revolution.
When it closed in 1957, it was the last commercially working tide mill in the UK; now fully restored, so that today it is a unique ‘living’ museum. Staffed with friendly and knowledgeable wardens and volunteers, it is spread over three floors, featuring an introductory video, unique computer generated imagery (CGI) to show how grain and flour move around the mill, interactive models, audio stations, and superbly illustrated exhibition panels.
The Mill is dependent on the tides and heights of the tide, but the machinery can turn most days although at different times. Milling can only take place when both aspects of the tides are right, but usually several times a month. The millers are only too happy to talk to visitors and explain what they are doing. Operating and milling times are advertised on the website and seeing it operate is a rare and fascinating experience, so should be experienced.
It is one of Suffolk’s most iconic buildings and is an ideal part of the Woodbridge experience.
- Accepts Groups
- Baby Changing Facilities
- Coach Parties Accepted
- Disabled Toilets
- Gift Shop
- Welcome Host