Come and relax to the gentle rumble of a working watermill and enjoy some refreshments and home baked cakes using our own wholewheat flour.
Milling demonstrations and wholewheat flour for sale, water permitting. Hopefully, despite the recent dry period, there should be plenty of water left over from last winter.
General view of present mill.
Click here to see a short film of the mill taken at a recent open day.
Pann Mill sits at the eastern end of High Wycombe and is a gateway to the Rye open space. It is the last operating water mill on the river Wye, a tributary of the Thames. There have been mills on the site since at least 1086, and probably earlier. The previous Victorian mill was substantially altered in the early 20th century and mostly demolished in 1971. However, the High Wycombe Society saved the remains and the site, which is owned by High Wycombe Council, and a restoration project was started which continues to this day.
Ever since restoration began, Pann Mill has attracted many visitors. Over the last 25 years High Wycombe Society volunteers have put in thousands of hours and have restored the mill and its 1860 castiron waterwheel. In May 2000 it began producing stone ground flour again.
The present mill building is very small compared with the previous one, but houses all the appropriate milling equipment. It is set in a well tended water and wildlife garden close to the A40, London Road.
Nearby are the remains of the 12th Century Hospital of St. John the Baptist, and the mansion and grounds of Wycombe Abbey, which was built in 1795 and is now a famous school.
For over 900 years a succession of water mills on this site has witnessed the good times and the bad times of commercial corn milling. Milling is now limited to demonstrations on Open Days, but it happens and the flour is available for sale to visitors.
Our outline plans for further development of the mill are available here. You will need Adobe Reader to read the document.
Click here for a report of May 2005 open day.
Click here for a report of September 2004 open day.
Click here for a report of May 2004 open day.
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