Milling journals of the past. William Simmons Leighton Buzzard Mills, Bedfordshire

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    Cookson, Mildred M [Author]

    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2020 April

    Medium Digital

    Cereal processes > Flour milling > Commercial millers


    Scope & contentIn 1874 Frederick Simmons bought the Leighton Buzzard Flour Mills, extended them and made vast alterations. They had only contained a few pairs of millstones driven by the water of the River Ousel, a tributary of the Bedford Ouse. In around 1880, he ordered his first roller mill plant from Henry Simon and claimed to be one of the first country millers to introduce the roller system.

    In addition he had a smaller mill at Eaton Bray and, like many more country millers, was a successful farmer, with farms at Billington, Hockliffs, and 30 acres at the Leighton mill, where he kept a “bachelor’s hall”… Read more.


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