MORE THAN 600 people flocked to Pakenham Mill at the weekend as it opened its doors to the public.
Visitors got the chance to see the 18th century mill back in action, grinding flour the traditional way – using millstones driven by the huge iron water wheel.
Crowds were entertained by a host of demonstrations of old crafts including wood turning, basket weaving and wool spinning and were shown the techniques of a traditional blacksmith.
One craftsman even showed fascinated onlookers how to make a coracle, a small lightweight river boat.
The open day was part of English Heritage’s heritage weekend, a celebration of architecture and culture where properties that are usually closed to the public or charge for admission let people in for free.
Elisabeth Harrison, of the mill, said the day was a huge success.
She said: “It was the best event we have ever, had – as soon as we opened at 11 o’clock people started pouring in. A few days before we had heard it was going to be torrential rain and winds of 40 miles per hour but it turned out to be a beautiful day.”
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