Bromham Mill

There was a mill on the site of Bromham Mill since before the domesday survey in 1086. For centuries, the enormous wheel was turned only by the water of the River Great Ouse. In the 1920’s a steam engine was installed to provide extra power but by then, Water Mill technology had become obsolete. It has since been renovated and visitors can once again watch flour milling at close quarters.
In the early years, the mill was a self-sufficient community. The river not only powered the machinery but was also full of eels and other wildlife. There was a blacksmith’s shop next door and pigs were reared on apples from the orchard and sweepings of grain and flour. Traditionally, millers made gear teeth out apple wood which was always available from the orchard.
Since its restoration, the Mill has become a hub of activity where you can join artists and crafts people to learn a new skill. Whether you choose to be creative or quiet, the setting is inspirational and always has something to offer.
The Mill is well known for the annual Apple Day celebration but also hosts special events throughout the year from Mad Hatters Tea Parties to Booktober, a regular Art exhibition and a nature club. Bromham Mill is managed by Bedford Borough Council