OVER 150 YEARS OF HISTORY -
THE JORDANS FAMILY HISTORY STARTS HERE >>>
At Holme with the Jordans
This is the fascinating story about the people and the events behind the last working flour mill in Bedfordshire; a story of innovation and survival as Holme Mills continues to keep our food heritage alive to this day.
Our family has had a connection with the Mill at Holme, a hamlet in Bedfordshire tucked away on the River lvel, for over 150 years. As the Sixth William Jordan to have had a hand in its running, we thought it was about time that our family history and the mill story were captured.
The Williams below me did an excellent job of being enterprising and adapting with the times. keeping the mill operational through good times and bad. My generation moved the family firm away from milling flour to create our own range of breakfast cereals and cereal bars. However, it seemed a fitting tribute to keep one of the last working roller mills in the country. A fine example of Victorian technology preserved for future generations to see.
The Jordans family celebrate 150 years (Christmas 2005)
In April 2013, The Jordans Trust, a charitable trust founded to renovate the mill, opened Jordans Mill, a brand new visitor centre and cafe on the banks of the River lvel. Alongside the original Mill building. The Mill can now be seen again in all its working glory through special guided tours. Later in the year the Mill Garden was opened to the public to demonstrate Biggleswade‘s rich heritage of market gardening as well as seed and cereal production.
Many thanks to our visitors for their valuable contribution that make this all possible. All profits are reinvested in the Site.
1949 A Notice letter is sent to all employees informing them of change of ownership of W. Jordan & Son