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Historic Eling Tide Mill employs new miller Pete Ramm for one of the rarest jobs in the country



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A VACANCY has been filled for what might be the rarest job in the country.

A new miller has been appointed to work at the Eling Tide Mill near Totton, which was built in 1785 and is one of the few left in the world regularly producing flour.

Taking on the role is Pete Ramm, who grew up in the area. Pete has worked in a variety of different engineering roles during his career and most recently was a self-employed gardener and handyman.

Pete will undergo training before taking on the new role
Pete will undergo training before taking on the new role

For 20 years he was a morris dancer and musician and has a keen interest in history and engineering.

Pete told the A&T: “As a child passing by the mill, I was fascinated by the building and its history.

“Now to have the opportunity to maintain and continue a tradition going back hundreds of years is absolutely fabulous.

Eling Tide Mill was built in 1785
Eling Tide Mill was built in 1785

“To have the chance to work in a sustainable way with centuries old technology, for me is a dream come true.”

Outgoing miller Matt Painter, who held the position for eight years, will be training Pete on how to operate the machinery to produce flour as well as how to read tide tables to enable him to plan milling sessions.

A spokesperson for the mill told the A&T: “There has been a lot of debate about whether the role of miller could be the rarest job in the country, with only a handful of tide mills surviving.

“We know Eling Tide Mill is one of only two that work regularly and perhaps the only one that has a miller in post.

The mill is one of the few left in the world regularly producing flour
The mill is one of the few left in the world regularly producing flour

“Milling wheat into flour by harnessing the power of the tide is a dying art.”

The Grade II listed mill is currently open at weekends between 11am and 4pm but from 6th April will open Wednesday to Sunday from 10.30am-5pm.

As reported in the A&T, the mill and adjacent cafe and visitor centre was closed in 2015 while it underwent a £2m refurbishment, including essential conservation work.

The project was funded by a £1.7m Heritage Lottery Fund grant, £223,000 from New Forest District Council, which owns the mill, and nearly £100,000 from Totton and Eling Town Council, which runs it.



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