Visit Sleaford’s historic mill

Milling at Cogglesford Mill EMN-150429-092710001
Milling at Cogglesford Mill EMN-150429-092710001

To mark National Mills Weekend, Cogglesford Watermill in Sleaford will be opening its doors to visitors on Sunday.

People are invited to call in at the mill between 11am and 4pm for the chance to see this historic watermill in operation, producing its own flour just as it would have been produced 200 years ago.

National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of the UK’s milling heritage, and a chance for everyone to explore their local windmills and watermills. The weekend is coordinated by the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

Cogglesford Watermill, which dates back to Saxon times, is thought to be the only Sherriff’s watermill still in operation in England and is set in a picturesque location on the River Slea. Although the present mill was mainly built in the early 18th century, millers have produced flour on this site for over 1,000 years.

National Mills Weekend also marks the start of Real Bread Maker Week, run by the Real Bread Campaign, which encourages people to bake or buy traditionally made bread. Cogglesford Watermill will also be welcoming Sonya Hundal from Greenfield Bakers, who will be there with a variety of artisan bread loaves made from stoneground organic flour and baked in a French clay wood-fired oven.

If you’re inspired to make your own bread you can buy flour which has been ground at the mill.