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Tide Mill evening reflectionsLearn about the history of this important mill, enjoy a guided tour and perhaps be inspired to come and visit us.

In 2004, with the help of a lottery grant the Tide Mill Quay was fully refurbished. It is now a pleasure to sit there and look down our great River Deben.

The Tide Mill is considered by many to be the symbol of Woodbridge and the River Deben. Certainly, a visit to Woodbridge is not complete without a visit to the Tide Mill.

Woodbridge Tide Mill may be one of the earliest Tide Mills in the UK. First recorded in 1170, operated by the Augustinian Canons, In 1536 it passed to King Henry VIII. In 1564, Queen Elizabeth I granted the mill to Thomas Seckford.

It was certainly the last working Tide Mill in the UK. The wheel last turned in 1957, when the 22 inch square oak main shaft broke.

Woodbridge Tide Mill has been an inspiration for thousands of artists and photographers, for many years. The present building is relatively modern, dating from the 1793. It was purchased by Mrs. R. T. Gardner in 1968, restored, and opened to the public in 1975.

For more information visit the Tide Mill's website -

More photographs of the Tide Mill on this page.

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