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Burcott Mill

Burcott Mill

Address: Wookey, Wells, Somerset  BA5 1NJ
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Telephone: 01749 673118
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The origins of Burcott Mill date back over 1000 years to a recording in the Domesday Book (1086). Today, it is one of the few remaining examples of a working watermill operating in the UK. Back in 1900, there were over 10,000 water and windmills in Britain, whilst today fewer than 50 fully working water powered flour mills remain.

At Burcott Mill, we run a commercial business. The high quality organic flour we produce supplies many local hotels, restaurants and bakeries across Somerset.

We are also a working museum, as the flour we produce
is handcrafted using the same methods and machinery that were employed 150 years ago.

The mill takes its water from the River Axe through a 400 metre mill leat into the mill pond. It is the weight of this water - not the current of the river - that turns the waterwheel that, through a series of large Victorian cogs, drives the giant millstones that grind the flour.

The mill is open to the public at weekends from Easter to September for people to experience how flour was made back in the Victorian age, observing how the enormous power of the waterwheel is harnessed to produce the delicate fine organic flour.

There is also an opportunity to taste the quality of the flour in a variety of homemade breads, scones and cakes in our tearoom.

Mill Tours
Burcott Mill is one of the few remaining examples of a Victorian water-powered flourmill in operation today. At weekends, during the spring and summer months, it is open to the public as a working museum to witness the flour being produced as it was in the 18th century.

A written guide is available, which will take you back through the centuries to when water power was king.

On the tour you will:
UNCOVER how the mill harnesses the latent power of the River Axe to drive the mighty mill-stones

EXPERIENCE the sound and awesome power of the water-wheel

DISCOVER how Victorian craftsmen fashioned the great gears that drive the mill-stones

OBSERVE the flour being created, follow the path of the organic wheat grain from grainsack to hand-stamped flour bags

MEET the miller at the end of the tour who will happily answer any of your questions

TASTE bread made from the different types of flour milled at Burcott.

Once you have completed the mill tour, you are welcome to relax in our tea-room where there is a scrumptious selection of homemade scones, cakes and cream teas - many of which are made from Burcott Mill flour.

For children, we have an enclosed play area built in wood to the highest ROSPA safety standards and set on a carpet of bark. It has monkey bars, a rope net, crawling board, crow's nest platform, a swing and a slide. For the under 5's we have a large wooden playhouse and a baby swing.

There is ample free parking and disabled access to all areas except the upper floors of the mill. more
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