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For the second year our Heritage open day of culture and history will take place on Saturday the 8th September and will be open to the public for free, between 10am – 4pm.

The Victorian Mill museum in Bedfordshire will be open to the public and the iconic machinery will be running at specific times throughout the day. We have free interactive children’s activities and other local partners from Bedfordshire on site, who will also be providing free activities and demonstrations.

This year, in recognition of the centenary of the Universal Suffrage Act, we are celebrating ‘Extraordinary Women’ and our woman of commemoration is Mrs Pamela Jordan.

Her outstanding dedication to her family and the Jordans brand were paramount to its success. During the day we will have a dedication board detailing her life which will be displayed in the Mill museum.


A real woman of power


For nearly 70 years Pamela (aka Whizzer) Jordan has been an inspiration and the “all-pervading spirit” of Holme Mills.

The younger daughter of Great Barford farmer, Stan (who flew in WW1), she met husband, John, also a flyer and miller, and moved into the Mill House in 1949.

The match of any modern-day biker, she rode despatches around on a 650CC machine across a wartime countryside with no sign posts or navigational aids.

Living “above the shop” as she has since then has brought a number of responsibilities from running a home kitchen-based laboratory for checking flour samples, to running a highly successful “Mill shop” operation where products made on the Mill site were tested and sold.

Whizzer’s support, enthusiasm and commitment to all activities that have taken place at Holme Mills have been critical to the sites’ evolvement and success and explain why she is rated as a “Woman of extraordinary vision and influence (power)”.


Mill machinery running times:


  • 10.30 – 11.30am
  • 11.30 - 12.00pm
  • 12.30 – 13.00pm
  • 13.30 – 14.00pm


It’s going to be a great day so bring all the family – to learn more about Jordans Mill visit: no need to book just turn up!

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