M is for Milling

The River Stour was once an important source of energy.

Throop Mill

Its gushing water kept waterwheels turning and mills grinding flour for 900 years.

Throop Mill stands on the site of older watermills. One was recorded there in the Domesday survey of 1086.

The mill was operated by various businesses over its long history, including producers of 'hardtack', or ships biscuits. These rock-hard biscuits, made with flour, water and salt, were the staple diet of Tudor sailors on long voyages.

Throop Mill in the 1960s

The current Throop Mill was built in the 19th century.


 It milled flour until 1972.