Surrounded by water meadows, a visit to the mill will give you a fascinating insight into Jersey’s agricultural and industrial heritage.
Discover why Jersey exported flour to the Americas, learn about the meaning of “lé no” or the resurgence of milling during the Island’s Occupation in the Second World War.
The two-storey mill has an exhibition of milling, a film presentation and a small shop selling refreshments and freshly ground flour.
Outside is a fascinating herb garden and a delightful woodland walk to the mill pond – look out for the red squirrel.
The first recorded watermill on the site was the property of the Crown in 1309 and during the following centuries the mill changed hands and was rebuilt several times. The present building, dating back to the 18th century, marks the height of milling in Jersey. When in use, the mill would grind wheat imported from eastern Europe and export flour as far afield as the United States and Canada. The mill ceased functioning at the beginning of the 20th century, only briefly being brought back into use during the German Occupation.
Once closed, the mill slowly fell into disrepair and burnt down in 1969. The mill was restored by the Trust in 1979, earning the organisation an award from the Civic Trust.
The mill is still operational and each year on Open Milling Day, the staff grind wheat to produce flour, which is available for sale in the small shop situated on the ground floor of the mill. The upper floors of the mill contain interpretation materials and displays detailing the history of milling in the Island. At the rear of the shop is a small but beautifully presented herb garden containing a wide variety of herbs.
The mill is situated at the southern end of a long meadow and is surrounded by woodland where visitors can discover a rich variety of flora and fauna. Eager explorers can take a walk along the beautiful woodland footpath that leads up the valley to the mill pond. There is also a footpath that follows the stream down the valley to Tesson Mill, which also has a section open to the public, before continuing down to the beach a further 1km away. There is a new cycle path that links St Helier with the mill.