09 April 2019
Woodbridge was one of the first tide mills in the country, and has operated for over 800 years, making it the last working tide mill in the country today.
The earliest record of a tide mill on this site by the River Deben is in 1170. It was owned by the Augustinian Priors for around 350 years, but was confiscated by Henry VIII, and was in royal ownership for the following 28 years. It was sold to Thomas Seckford by Elizabeth I, whose family owned it for over 100 years.
In 1973, the present mill was built on the site of the earlier one. By the 1950s, it was the last working tide mill in the country, and finally closed in 1957.
Recent protection and restoration work has brought it back into use as a fully working tide mill. Now the beautiful Tide Mill is a wonderful and fascinating living example of our cultural and industrial heritage.
The Tide Mill is open to the public every day from Easter until October 31st.