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A Brief History

Woodbridge was one of the first tide mills in the country, and was unquestionably the last one working – operating for well over 800 years.

The earliest record of a tide mill on this site by the River Deben is in 1170. It was owned by the Augustinian Priors for around 350 years until Henry VIII confiscated it, and for the next 28 years it was in royal ownership. Elizabeth I sold it to Thomas Seckford whose family owned it for over 100 years, followed by several private owners. In 1793 the present mill was built on the site of earlier ones. By the 1950s it had become the last working tide mill in the country, but in 1957 finally closed. It was saved in 1968, restored and opened to the public in 1973. Recently, further protection and restoration work has brought it back into use as a fully working tide mill as well being a fascinating and remarkable living example of our industrial and cultural heritage.

Pay a visit to the Mill and discover the entire fascinating history.

NEWS – Volunteers from the Tide Mill manned a stand at the Norfolk Spring Fling yesterday.   A hugely successful and fully sold out event on the Norfolk Showground.   The star attractions on the Tide Mill stand were the manual milling quern and our small hand mill, with queues of children all day wanting to try them out.   Both available every day at Woodbridge Tide Mill.

http://www.mustardtv.co.uk/browse/spring-fling-thousands-of-young-people-head-to-the-norfolk-showground/

And a reminder to all those visitors to the Fling who took away a special Tide Mill leaflet, that it will entitle them to the special offer of children can pay one visit to the mill for free if with two paying adults, throughout the summer.   Make a day of it, and visit other Woodbridge attractions as well –  http://choosewoodbridge.co.uk/

Opening Times

Adult (16yrs+)          £5.00 Child (5-15yrs)  £2.00
   
Family (of four)*       £12.00     

*Family ticket - two Adults & two Child

Opening Times

11:00 - 17:00 Suggested last entry 16:30

1st April - 1st October Open seven days a week
   
October School half term week and weekends only
   
November - March Closed

Guided tours of the Mill for groups by arrangement throughout the year (light refreshments can be available by arrangement). Illustrated talks at your own venue also by arrangement

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