We produce 100% stoneground wholemeal flour. We mill English wheat and the current variety is Crusoe from County Durham. We have been very pleased with the bread we have baked with this flour and have had good feedback from our customers.
The power to grind the wheat comes from Bedale Beck (known locally as Crakehall Beck), a tributary of the beautiful River Swale. This powers the breast shot waterwheel, made in 1897 by F Mattison at nearby Leeming Bar.
We currently have one pair of millstones in operation. In time, a second pair will be brought back into production. The stones are French Burr, crafted from pieces of quartz found only in the Paris Basin. Each stone is made of several skilfully-shaped pieces held together with plaster of Paris and an iron ring that was heat-shrunk around the outside of the stone.
French Burr stones were considered the best for flour production and imported by 19th century millwrights. One of the stones is signed by W Knowles of Thirsk and dated 1850. Millstones made from single pieces of English stone were used for animal feeds.
The wheat is stoneground slowly and gently. This slow milled process only slightly warms the flour leaving all the natural flavours intact. It is very good for home baking – bread, pastry, scones and carrot cake!
We sell our flour in a range of weights, from 1.5kg to 25kg.
Where to buy Crakehall Watermill Flour
Direct from us here at Crakehall Mill: Please contact us in advance to be sure there is someone available to serve you – we would hate you to make a wasted journey.
Tel: 01677 423240 or email email@example.com
We are grateful to the following outlets, which also kindly stock our 1.5kg bags:
Crakehall Filling Station, Crakehall – T & S Joplin Our village shop!
Rhubarb & Roses, High Street, Bedale, N Yorkshire – our greengrocer!
Lewis & Cooper, High Street, Northallerton, N Yorkshire www.lewisandcooper.co.uk It is well worth a visit to their shop – known by many as ‘The Fortnum & Mason of the North’! They have a lovely tea shop and lounge on the first floor too …..
Campbells of Leyburn, Commercial Square, Leyburn, N Yorkshire www.campbellsofleyburn.co.uk Another super shop that is well worth a visit as you head up Wensleydale. They too stock a great range of locally produced food – meat from the fresh meat counter, cheese, milk, eggs, beer to name a few. They have a large wine / fine wine and whisky section too (as do Lewis & Cooper)
The Angel’s Share, Richmond Station, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4LD Tel 01748 828261. www.theangelssharebakery.com . In early 2014 they were voted regional winner of Britain’s Best Bakery. They also bake some of their wonderful bread with our ‘Crakehall’s Finest’ flour! .
Jeffersons of Richmond, 57 Market Place, Richmond, N Yorkshire Tel 01748 821258.
Over the border in Lancashire:
Bashall Barn Food Visitor Centre, Bashall Eaves, Clitheroe.
Another gem that is well worth a visit! www.bashallbarn.co.uk
Other bits and pieces –
If you would like to visit the mill please see our Watermill page.
Matt Baker visited Crakehall Watermill, Bread…Actually, the Wensleydale Railway and Castle Bolton on BBC’s Countryfile? It was a great portrayal of Wensleydale in the northern Yorkshire Dales – certainly inspired a visit!