Fosters Mill, Swaffham Prior

About Fosters Mill

The History of Fosters Mill

Fosters Mill was built in 1857 by local millwrights Fysons of Soham. It stands on the site of an earlier post mill and it is believed mills have stood on this site since the 12th Century.

The mill was tenanted to local miller Henry Galley from 1858 to 1895 after which it was sold to Fitz Thomas Foster in 1896. The Fosters ran the mill producing animal feed until 1946 by which time it was no longer economically viable to maintain the mill.

Luckily, Sidney Foster, the last of the Foster family millers took good care of his mill such that he was able to sell the mill intact to Michael Bulleid in 1970. Michael devoted much of his life to restoring the mill and in 1992, the mill was returned to working order. The present miller bought the mill in 1998 and has developed a successful flour milling business, ensuring the mill is maintained for future generations.

Internal schematic of the mill

Visit the mill

We normally welcome visitors to the mill to see the mill working, milling flour. Sadly, with the current Covid related restrictions, we are unable to show visitors inside the mill. You are welcome to view the outside. The mill is open on the 2nd Sunday of every month from 2pm to 5pm when, wind permitting, the mill will be working. To arrange visits outside these hours, send us an message.

About the mill

Pictures of the mill

Don't just take our word for it

""I've been using the Prior's Flour for several years now, and find not only that it makes delicious bread, but it is consistent, which is wonderful. Highly recommend this flour.""

Vanessa Kimbell, Baker