Woodbridge Tide Mill Wednesday 11th July 2012
The July visit was to the Tide Mill Museum in Woodbridge. A well-attended visit on a pleasant weekday evening beside the river Deben. The museum opened specially for the Ipswich Engineering Society, we were given a thoroughly interesting talk on the history of the mill and an extensive tour of the premises, in all a very educational visit taking some 2 hours in total. Our tour guides Nigel and Bob were extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the mill and its history. The mill has recently undergone a major refurbishment costing approximately £1,000,000. The mill can be seen working but alas for our visit it was high tide and so we were not able to see the machinery rotating. There has been a mill on the site since before 1170 when it is first documented, it has been periodically rebuilt over the years and the current mill dates from 1793. It was the last tide mill in the country in working use when it closed in 1957. It was refurbished and opened to the public in 1973 and now with this refurbishment it makes for a very enjoyable visit.