Charity to open mill doors this weekend
Cambridge Past, Present & Future (CambridgePPF) is opening up two of its historic buildings on Sunday 11 March in celebration of National Mills Weekend. On Sunday afternoon, members of the public will be able to explore Bourn Post Mill and Hinxton Watermill accompanied by knowledgeable volunteer guides who can give a fascinating insight into their history.
From 2pm to 4pm, visitors will be able to see inside Bourn Post Mill – one of the oldest mills in the country. CambridgePPF was given Bourn Post Mill in 1932 and the building is now a scheduled ancient monument. Set in the beautiful scenery in and around Caxton and Bourn, the mill is thought to date back to 1636 when the earliest record of it can be found. However, the building may be much older as the style of mill first originated in the 13th century.
Over at Hinxton Watermill, from 2:30pm to 5:30pm, visitors will be able to explore the building, which dates back to the Doomsday Book. Straddling the River Cam this small clapboard corn mill is located in a beautiful rural setting on the edge of Hinxton. Constructed in the 17th century, Hinxton Watermill was operational until 1955 after which it became derelict. With a closing order on the mill building and adjacent cottage, CambridgePPF stepped in during the 1980s to rescue it from demolition and restore it to its former glory – work that earned the charity a Europa Nostra Diploma of Merit.
Bourn Post Mill is located off Caxton Road, Bourn (CB23 2SU) between the villages of Bourn and Caxton. On the A428 from Cambridge take the turn after the blue footbridge sign posted Caldecote then follow Bourn Airfield and then Bourn, and take a right turn into Caxton Road. Alternatively turn off the A1198 at Caxton village. The mill is also sign posted from the centre of the village.Hinxton Mill is located in Mill Lane, Hinxton (CB10 1RD) off the High Street. The village of Hinxton is south of Cambridge just off the A 1301 from Cambridge to Saffron Walden.