Special events at Pakenham’s Mill

Coracle maker Quentin Page on the mill pond at Pakenham
Coracle maker Quentin Page on the mill pond at Pakenham

Hundreds of people visited Suffolk’s last working water mill during last week’s Heritage Weekend.

Those visiting Pakenham Water Mill saw ancient crafts like long bow making, spinning, pole-lathe turning, stone carving, and pargetting being demonstrated.

Tilly Boggia working at her pole-lathe

Tilly Boggia working at her pole-lathe

They also got the chance to sail on the millpond in a traditional Stour coracle and watch bread being baked in the 18th century brick oven in the miller’s house.

On Saturday, visitors will be treated to another usual sight when a procession of 10 vintage steam traction engines calls there as part of a ‘road run’ organised by the Friends of Bardwell windmill.

They are expected at Pakenham at around noon.

A barbecue and other refreshments will be available and the mill will be open from 11.30am.