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Ancient food processing systems and contemporary heritage food culture

Tide Mill waterwheels depend upon natural estuarine environments and a miller’s local knowledge to enable them to grind wheat-human and nature extricably linked. It is an example of ancient technology when humans consumed the physics of the natural world to process food.  For over 800 years a Tide Mill has been situated on the banks of the River Deben, laying claim to being the oldest food business in the market town of Woodbridge. The natural environment dictates the type of accessible power most effective for a mill, the Woodbridge Tide Mill benefits from the most reliable natural power source available to it-power derived from the tide- situated close to grain grown in the flatlands of East Anglia.