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Eling Tide Mill

Eling Tide Mill is a water mill that harnesses the power of the tide to grind wheat into wholemeal flour.

Situated on the edge of Southampton Water beside the renowned New Forest, there has been a mill on the site for over 900 years, although it has had to be rebuilt several times, with the current building being some 230 years old.

 

Eling Tide Mill, although abandoned in the 1940s, had the great good fortune to survive until it was restored between 1975 and 1980, at which time it re-opened as both a working mill, and a museum to this part of our industrial heritage. It is the only fully working and productive tide mill in the United Kingdom, once again producing flour as it had throughout the last Millennium. It is, in fact, one of only two productive tide mills in the entire world (to the best of our knowledge), and the only one producing what it was built to produce.


The mill originally had two waterwheels, each driving two sets of millstones. We have restored one wheel with one set of millstones and left the other side unrestored so that people can see the machinery without modern safety screens around it.  We  run the working machinery each day when the tide is right and produce and sell flour to visitors and local customers.
 

Visit by Shadow Minister to Eling Tide Mill on June 20, 2008


 
Eling Tide Mill was visited by Eric Pickles, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government along with representatives of Totton Town council and the New forest MP Dr. Julian Lewis.   Miller Dave Plunkett demonstrated the mill in action, supported by other HMG members, producing flour.

 

Eling Experience closes for 1.3million improvements

Issued 3 March 2015
Eling tide mill

Work is set to begin on developing one of the New Forest's most important heritage attractions after the Eling Experience closed to the public on Saturday 28 February. New Forest District Council and Totton and Eling Town Council are investing in the future of the historic Grade II* listed tide mill (c.1785), heritage centre and surrounding open spaces after securing a grant of 1.3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Eling Experience is expected to re-open in Summer 2016.  Further information is here

 

Opening Times

The Eling Experience is temporarily closed for refurbishment, please see our website for further details www.elingexperience.co.uk

 

Where We Are

OS map ref: SU 365125

The Tollbridge
Totton
SOUTHAMPTON
SO40 9HF

Eling Tide Mill is on the southern edge of the town of Totton & Eling, on the west side of the northern end of Southampton Water on the South Coast of Great Britain; it is approximately two miles west of Southampton in the county of Hampshire, just outside the New Forest.

For opening times and further information telephone 02380 869575 (admission charge)

Its web site is found here :   Eling Tide Web
The information on this page is from the web site.


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