Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Windmills Galore

Yesterday I was on Windmill overload.  Rosie and I went to Lincoln Castle and on the journey we passed two windmills that I have not previously included on my bread pages.
Ellis Mill is in the City of Lincoln, surrounded by houses and situated on the Lincoln Edge, the escarpment which also holds the Castle and the Cathedral, making them prominent features in the landscape
Ellis Mill is owned by the Museum of Lincolnshire Life and is run separately by volunteers.  It is a typical 18th century tower mill dating from 1798, though there is record of an earlier windmill on the site.  The mill is only open in the afternoon at weekends.  It mills wholemeal flour when the wind is suitably inclined and the flour can be purchased on site.
On our return journey we passes Tuxford Windmill which also mills flour.  This is a Nottinghsamshire gem, milling a range of flours when the wind is right. It also has an excellent tea rooms and runs home baking classes to inspire the users of its fine flours. The mills website has a list of suppliers, so there may be a local shop that is not too far away. 
This is also a tower mill similar in most respects to Ellis Mill in Lincolnshire.  It is however, a modern business rather than a heritage mill, making it a more interesting visit.

These mills will now be added to my bread pages under specialist suppliers.

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