The mill has always been a landmark. Built in 1837 the Callington Flour Mill is no longer an old shell but a working wind-driven mill. Recently the 45-year-old British millwright, Neil Medcalf came out to oversee the refurbishment. He manufactured the parts required at his base in Lincolnshire. The overhaul involved huge oak beams, iron work, and six mill stones made in Holland. Medcalf built the new section in in the UK and dismantled it for shipping in two containers.
The white cap that fits on the top holds the sails and the gears that direct the sails into the wind. It is called an ogee. Image from Wikipedia.
The sails are sadly missing here but the good news is they are back!
We could not visit without heading over to the shop where you can buy the bread and flour. The old wood fired oven is out the back and the day we visited the bakers happily led a small child to the oven to explain the way the bread is baked. Companion Bakery serves light meals and drinks so we had some lunch, I chose a cauliflower and goats cheese quiche with salad, the pastry was light and flaky. Then we bought some flour and semolina that carry the Callington Mill brand. The first time I have ever seen bran coloured semolina.
It must be said that the flour is expensive compared to other stone ground flours available in health shops but fresh as fresh and worth supporting. I look forward to using the flour and semolina and will report my results in a further post.
For more information the Mill has its own blog to share information.