Explore the story of flour milling: From Quern to Computer

February 09th 2017 by Claire Wooldridge

Explore changes to corn milling technology, from animal, wind and water power to the modern day roller flour milling industry in these extended articles written and illustrated by Martin and Sue Watts.
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If the images and snippets of description on our From Quern to Computer timelines have caught your interest, you can find out more via these extended articles.  

Written and illustrated by milling experts Martin and Sue Watts, use these articles to discover about changes to corn milling technology, from animal, wind and water power to the modern day roller flour milling industry.  

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"As will be appreciated, the subject of corn milling is vast; Bennett and Elton, for example, devoted an entire volume to the history of five feudal mills.  The chapters that follow, therefore, are not exhaustive but are intended as an introduction, taking the reader from the earliest cultivation of grain and the first hand mills through animal-driven mills, watermills and windmills to modern computerised roller mills and their roles in producing flour for our daily bread."  (Introduction

 

Cereals, stones, wind, water, rollers...

Our extended articles cover all of these topics and more: 

Introduction
Cereals and Cultivation: Prehistory to the Romans
Cereals and Cultivation: The Early Medieval Period, c.AD500 to the Present Day
The First Milling Stones
The Application of Animal and Water Power: From the Mediterranean to Britain
Early Medieval Mills and Milling
Medieval Mills and Milling
Post-Medieval Mills and Milling, 1540 - 1750
Into the Industrial Age: Developments in Wind and Water Power, 1750-1850
Roller Milling: A Gradual Takeover
Roller Milling: A Modern Industry
Stone Milling: Survival and Revival
Cereal products: Prehistory to the Romans
Cereal Products: The Early Medieval Period, c.AD500 to the Present Day
Windmills and Watermills: Preservation and Restoration

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