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    Woodbridge Tide Mill supplies McCarthy’s Bakery


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    Woodbridge Tide Mill is one of only two tide mills in the country still producing stoneground wholemeal flour. The milling is done by a team of dedicated, hardworking volunteers, and we already supply The Cake Shop, an award-winning Woodbridge bakery, with flour for its Tide Mill Loaf. The team has recently started to supply McCarthy’s Bakery with flour for a wholemeal sourdough: a notoriously tricky loaf to bake.

    McCarthy’s sells their bread at Woodbridge’s Thursday Market which takes place every week in Hamblin Road II Car Park (behind Barretts of Woodbridge).

    Dressing the millstones


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    On Monday 2 March, Bryn Ansell, a stone mason with 44 years’ worth of experience, was on hand to dress the stones at Woodbridge Tide Mill. Bryn is originally from Suffolk and has, upon his retirement, returned to his roots. He has worked on such auspicious edifices as Ely Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral and York Minster; he was based in York while working for Restored Northern Cathedrals. He has also worked as a volunteer at The British Museum.

    Bryn dressed the bed stone using the ‘harp pattern’: said to have been used in the Roman Empire, this pattern is the best for grinding harder grain. He created furrows to hold grain in the centre of the stone for longer and provide a cutting motion similar to that of scissors; feathering on the outer edge ensures the flour is finely ground.

    One of Bryn’s other tasks was to ‘knock up’ the ‘gobbo’: a setting agent made from sharp sand, lime putty and fly ash which is used when dressing the stones.

    Bryn has used the same tools for every job throughout his long career: at the Tide Mill, he chipped away with a metal chisel and a mallet made from polymer to reduce reverberation.

    The dressing of the stones must be done every 500 working hours at the Mill. Thank goodness that Bryn and his skills are still around to keep the Tide Mill in working order and open to visitors.