Recently we went to visit Jordan’s Mill; I no longer eat breakfast cereal, but when I did Jordan’s was my favourite, especially the crunchy varieties. I didn’t know when I was buying whether it was just a commercial name, or whether there was an actual Jordan’s mill… and yes there is, on the lovely River Ivel.
Apparently there has been a mill on the site since Domesday and before, however, when the Jordan family, millers from Devon, bought it in the late 1890’s it was called Holme Mill. Over the years it has changed from just milling flour with millstones, to more modern technology when the Jordans took it over and as a result of a dreadful fire. It wasn’t just the machinery which changed from millstones to rollers, the products changed too as ever-innovate, the family began to make granola which they first came across in a visit to the USA.
Now if you visit the mill, as we did, you will find the old building is no longer in use as a mill but it is very interesting to look round; there is a shop and restaurant, and what surprised us the most (as we hadn’t done our research and only seen it on the map) was a lovely and most beautiful garden, an absolute delight… I’ll write more about the garden another time, but if you are in the Bedfordshire area the whole place is well worth a visit… and you could treat yourself to lunch!