Bromham Mill and Gallery

Bridge End
Bromham
Bedfordshire
MK43 8LP


There was a mill on the site of Bromham Mill since before the domesday survey in 1086. For centuries, the enormous wheel was turned only by the water of the River Great Ouse. In the 1920's a steam engine was installed to provide extra power but by then, Water Mill technology had become obsolete. It has since been renovated and visitors can once again watch flour milling at close quarters.

In the early years, the mill was a self-sufficient community. The river not only powered the machinery but was also full of eels and other wildlife. There was a blacksmith's shop next door and pigs were reared on apples from the orchard and sweepings of grain and flour. Traditionally, millers made gear teeth out apple wood which was always available from the orchard.

Today, the Mill once again grinds flour, much as it used to. Millers tell the same tall stories and the machinery creaks, groans and splashes away. Since its restoration, the Mill has become a hub of activity where you can join artists and crafts people to learn a new skill. Whether you choose to be creative or quiet, the setting is inspirational and always has something to offer.

Limestone and timber buildings form a courtyard which is the focal point for activities at Bromham Mill. Activities include Milling, Bread Baking, National Apple Day, Mask making, Theatre, Folk Festival, Conservation Days and a Teddy Bears Picnic.

The Mill is set in seven acres of water meadows, rich in bird and plant life. The river and mill provide an ideal setting for a picnic. The enormous 26 arch Bromham Bridge spans the river alongside the Mill. The site is ideal as a starting point for walks into the surrounding parkland and further afield, via a system of waymarked circular routes.

The 16th Bromham Mill Apple Day is on October 14th 2007.A day out for the entire family with a local food fayre, apple identification, storytelling, puppet shows, local beer and cider, morris dancing, the big draw with Bedford Arts Forum, apple bobbing, bedfordshire clangers, calvados, honey and more. See you there!

The mill is also available for groups at any time and we give guided tours, baking lessons and craft activities on request for a small fee.

General Information:

  • Fresh coffee and cakes served
  • Gift shop
  • Car park and toilets
  • Galleries showing varied programmes of art and craft work





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  • Directions

    Follow the brown waterwheel signs. The Mill is situated alongside the river bridge, just off the A428, Bedford to Northampton road. Buses to and from Bedford stop nearby. The local train station is 3 miles away in Bedford.

    Bromham Mill and Gallery Postcode for SatNav: MK43 8LP

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    +44 (0)1234 824 330


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