Milling journals of the past. British and Irish Flour Mills No3 Messrs James Comerford & Sons’ New Roller Mill
|Authors & editors|
|Publisher||Milling & Grain|
|Year of publication||2016|
|Scope & content||Comerford’s roller mills at Rathdrum in Ireland featured in a detailed illustrated article in the 7 June 1886 issue of The Miller. At that time, exactly 130 years ago, the mills, which were situated in the beautiful valley of the Avoca, belonged to the Comerford family. The mill described had just been built on the foundations of the previous mill. |
Its predecessor, while having a steadily growing trade, met the same fate that had overtaken so many other flour mills, with a disastrous fire a year earlier on 20th June 1885. At the time of the fire, the mill had eleven pairs of millstones with 18 silk reels with purifiers and one set of rolls. It was believed that the middlings were floured in part by the help of smooth rollers, but the breaking of the wheat was left to the stones; and for all intents and purposes the mill, whose products were certainly held in very high esteem, was a millstone mill…Read more.