Once you’ve completed the Easter Egg trail at Charlecote Park this bank holiday weekend you might want to take the opportunity to pop in to see our neighbours at Charlecote Mill. They’ll be open for the Bank Holiday!
Charlecote Mill is in the village of Hampton Lucy and overlooks the park. It is an historic and fully operational/commercially run mill. It was mentioned in the Doomsday Book (compiled 1086) to the value of 6s.8d.
“Charlecote is not a museum occasionally grinding flour as many water and windmills now are. Charlecote is a piece of living working history and one of only a small handful of surviving commercial working watermills in the UK. Producing traditionally stoneground flours through French Burr Stones every weekday (when the water levels allow), the mill is a constant hive of activity but retains all the atmosphere and charm of a mill run in Victorian times. Most of the processes we use are as they would have been over 200 years ago and wherever possible grain is still sourced from local farms keeping our food miles to almost zero! Almost everything is done using the power of the two waterwheels, as it always was, and all of our products are hand finished and hand packed personally by Karl, the Miller. Mechanisation in a modern sense has never caught on at Charlecote; this truly is a place where time stands still and where quality and tradition blend perfectly to produce the unique Charlecote flours.” Charlecote Mill
To better understand how the Mill works have a look at these images put together by John Brandrick.
Today it is managed by Karl Grevatt who took on the job in 2012. He regularly delivers flour to us here as we sell it in our shop. You’ll be sure to recognise Karl as he’s the one covered in flour dust!
Charlecote Mill will open to visitors on Easter Sunday and Monday from 11am to 5.30pm. More details can be found on their website and as mentioned you can always buy the flour here at Charlecote! Our shop is now open 7 days a week.