There has been a mill on this site for about a thousand years; a mill at this point on the River Ivel is one of four Stotfold watermills listed in the Domesday Book of 1086.
The structure was seriously damaged by fire in 1992. Most of the main milling machinery was considered repairable. A County Court judgement declared that 'the mill and its machinery are of national importance', this was enough to prevent the building being demolished. The Stotfold Mill Preservation Trust was formed in 2000 to restore the building and machinery, thus reviving an integral part of the town's life for yet another millennium. Some of the machinery survived the fire and has been restored by a team of volunteers working alongside the mill specialists. THere is a 4.4 metre wide overshot corn mill waterwheel which is the widest in the country. And the hursting frame, installed in 1897 by Whitmore & Binyon which produces stone ground flour, which is on sale in the gift shop.
Stotfold Watermill, in its idyllic setting on the River Ivel, is truly unique - it is a Grade II listed watermill that has been completely rebuilt. This outstanding achievement was recognised in 2006 with the receipt of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings' prestigious Conservation Award.
The menu includes soup with locally made bread, delicious cakes, cream teas and Fairtrade tea.
The shop stocks a selection of items suitable for all ages and specialises in locally sourced gifts, produce and cards as well as bage of Stotfold Mill's quality stoneground flour. Also for sale dotted around the mill are many paintings by local artists of the Stotfold Art Group.
The mill complex includes the 8-acre adjacent meadows, which are currently being developed as a nature reserve. The Kingfisher Way runs past the mill, making it ideal stopping points for walkers en-route from Baldock to Biggleswade or vice versa.
This fully supported facility is perfect for off site meetings and workshops to get you away from the office and ideas flowing.
The Mill is a charity, run by the Stotfold Mill Preservation Trust. All profits raised are ploughed back into the upkeep and restoration of this historic gem of the local area. Staying in Shefford? - this is worth a visit.