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Eling Tide Mill is a fascinating tourist attraction. It is a place steeped in history where flour has been milled for over 900 years.
Set in attractive surroundings, on the west side of the northern end of Southampton Water close to The New Forest National Park, Eling Mill is the only surviving mill of its kind in the U.K. The first mention of Eling Mill is in the Doomsday Book, but it is highly possible it may even have existed in Roman times. History dictates that the mill was usually the property of the "Lord of the Manor" and Eling, being a Royal manor was the property of the King. Later it was sold by King John, following this ownership fluctuated until it was purchased by the Bishop of Winchester, founder of the now famous Winchester College. The Bishop gave the mill to the school, they in turn leased it out, but in all they remained the owners of the mill from 1382 to 1975.
The lively and interesting story of Eling Mill, its various owners, how grain was delivered, subject to the tide, in barges that had travelled hundreds of miles round the coast, can be discovered on a visit. You can also learn of its successive rebuilds carried out in other centuries and of its restoration carried out by the New Forest District Council, who bought the mill in 1975 to save it from total obliteration.
Much of the machinery has been restored, and one of the two original waterwheels has been restored and put back into use, the other remains in the state in which it was found when the mill was purchased by the council, but is on show as part of the mill's history.
Features of a visit to Eling Mill include - milling (subject to the tide), displays, talks and a video presentation. For children there is an organised treasure hunt, and should you wish you can purchase stoneground flour and gifts from the onsite shop.
There are various special events staged throughout the year and at Christmas the mill presents "Ye Olde Christmas" giving a splendid opportunity for children to visit Santa in his workshop, while parents select from an unusual range of seasonal gifts and cards.
Eling Tide Mill can be found at The Toll Bridge, Eling, Nr. Totton, around two miles from Southampton.
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