Redbournbury Mill

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Redbournbury Watermill
Redbournbury Watermill.jpg
Redbournbury Watermill
Country England
State Hertfordshire
Region Southern England
District City and District of St Albans
Municipality Redbourn
Location On the River Ver Between Redbourn and St Albans
 - coordinates 51°47′04″N 0°22′41″W / 51.78444°N 0.37806°W / 51.78444; -0.37806Coordinates: 51°47′04″N 0°22′41″W / 51.78444°N 0.37806°W / 51.78444; -0.37806
Material Brick built with slate roof
Founded 1790
Owner Redbournbury Mill
Redbournbury Mill is located in Hertfordshire
Redbournbury Mill
Redbournbury Watermill within Hertfordshire

Redbournbury Mill, originally a water-driven flour mill, lies on the River Ver in the hamlet of Redbournbury between St Albans and Redbourn in the county of Hertfordshire, England. It is a Grade II* listed building. [1]

One of its claims to fame is that it was run for much of the 20th century by Ivy Hawkins (1897-1987), claimed to be England's last woman commercial miller. In 1956 she tried a repair to the waterwheel by herself, and was trapped when it started to rotate. She was rescued without serious injury.[2]

Today, after a ten-year restoration project, the mill is working again and producing organic flour and a wide variety of breads that are sold at the mill and in local shops and markets (including Harpenden farmers market), and are used by local restaurants.

Adjacent to the mill are two deep fords which can be crossed by car with care, allowing a road connection between the A5 and A6 near Harpenden. The fords are occasionally used as part of the route on local road rallies because of their tricky nature; following the wrong line can drop you into much deeper water without warning.

The bakery at Redbournbury Mill reopened to the public in July 2006, and 2007 has seen the introduction of periodic bakery courses at the mill bakery.


  1. ^ "Name: REDBOURNBURY MILL, INCLUDING FRONT RAILINGS List entry Number: 1175121". Historic England. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Women in Milling (2011); "The Twentieth Century and Today" by Claire Wooldridge

External links[edit]