Jordans Mill’s charming location on the banks of the steady-flowing River Ivel was first mentioned as a milling site in the Domesday Book of 1086. Centuries later, in 1893, the Jordans purchased what was then called Holme Mills to produce flour. With over 400 flour mills, Bedfordshire was at the time a major centre of flour production.

Tragically, only a year later the entire building was gutted by fire. Nevertheless, the family saw this as an opportunity, carrying out a full rebuild and replacing the old millstones with a far more efficient metal roller system that kept more goodness in each grain. This turned Jordans Mill into one of the most advanced of its time and a leading flour producer across the region.

Over the 20th century Jordans Mill continued innovating, becoming part of the worldwide granola movement in the 1970s and creating the famous Jordans Original Crunchy that fast became one of the nation’s favourite breakfast cereals.

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.

The Mill Gardens were designed by Chelsea Flower Show winners Ian Kitson and Julie Toll who took inspiration from ancient field layouts, hedge patterns and the flow of the River Ivel. Just as the Bedfordshire countryside is divided into fields by hedgerows, the different areas of our gardens are separated using yew hedging. A winding path, emulating the flow of the River Ivel, leads you through the Mill Gardens.
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