Unfortunately the problems with milling at Eling
Tide Mill continue; New Forest District Council, as
owners of the Mill, have organised various repairs
to sub-tidal areas over the past twelve months and,
although the Mill was back producing flour in
October, it is not at the rate it once was, which is
have a smart new pit wheel which functions well and
a decent waterwheel which has stood the test of time
in our abrasive, salty conditions and which worked
rather effectively in our tidal regime in the past.
However the levels of the breastwork behind the
waterwheel, the level of the cill which the sluice
gate closes upon, and the toe to bottom board of the
sluice gate have been changed and consequently we
cannot get the newly formed sluice gate to the
waterwheel to work effectively.
past few weeks I was asked to inspect and prepare a
report on the sub-tidal areas and advise Totton &
Eling Town Council (who operate the Mill) on the
effectiveness of the repairs carried out to date
which I have done. I am now looking to provide them
with the necessary further details to enable
discussions to take place with NFDC on how best to
return the wheel to its former performance.
meantime, the mill is open to the public and limited
fresh flour is on sale once more. With the loss of
miller, James Lucas, we are seeking a new miller in
the coming month. I had better get my Practical
Tide Milling, training manual out once more.
Good news is that the Heritage
Lottery Funding bid is progressing well and now
includes refurbishment / conservation of the second
water wheel. Assuming the HLF approve the bid, ETM
should return to its ‘former glory’ becoming an
exciting visitor attraction. Together with a new
Learning Centre on the site of the existing Heritage
Centre focusing on tidal power and milling through
the ages, it will appeal to a wide audience.