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Woodbridge Tide Mill Virtual Tour - Second Floor

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A large metal hopper dominates your arrival on the second floor. It is a post World war II addition and served the diesel-driven hammer mill on the ground floor.

Look at the crown wheel. You can easily see how the miller removed a damaged cog and replaced it with another. The pinion is metal. Wood always meshes with metal in a well-constructed mill. There are several pulleys on the shaft. The sack hoist pulley is the first, easily identified by the loose belt around it. Pull the rope in the centre of the mill, the belt tightens on the drive and the sack chain is wound up. The sack rises effortlessly through the mill.


Further along the shaft are the pulleys for the auxiliary machinery, including the flour sifter which is still in place. The meal was fed into this machine via an overhead hopper, passing through the fine gauze inside and the bran and middlings were swept out at the end.

Look at the natural grown oak knee joints on this floor and you can also peer up into the mansard roof, noting the extra space that this architectural feature gives.

Visitors are not allowed onto the two top floors for reasons of safety. At the top of the mill the bin floor is where the corn commences its journey downwards. All corn is lifted here, either through the lucam or via the sack hoist in the centre of the mill and tipped into the bins on the floor below to await the call to the grind stones. The lucam is a device to collect those sacks from the back of a waggon or lorry parked on the outside of the mill.

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