Heatherslaw Corn Mill is the most northerly working water mill in England, it still produces flour; strong wholemeal, rye and spelt, using traditional methods little changed over the course of two thousand years. The freshly ground flour is sold in the Corn Mill Gift Shop.
The Upper Mill has been fully restored to working order and today produces about ten tons of flour a year. The Lower Mill remains much as it was before its restoration and is used to demonstrate parts of the milling process that usually take place out of sight.
The first recorded miller at Heatherslaw was in the 14th century, the millers today continue in time-honoured fashion; harnessing the power of water to drive the machinery that turns grain into flour, just as they have done across the centuries.
The mill runs virtually every day throughout the season, providing conditions are right; we are reliant on the River Till to power the water wheel which in turn drives the mechanism. If there is too little rain, the river runs too low to turn the wheel. Too much rain can be an even bigger problem; if the river is running too high the wheel can be damaged by the speed and force of the current. Nevertheless, even when the wheel is not turning, there is still plenty to see and do in Heatherslaw Corn Mill.
We mill Trinity winter wheat from Wark Common Farm, and mill rye and spelt courtesy of Silvery Tweed Cereals, a family-run business in Tweedmouth, which sources all its cereals from within a 40 mile radius.