Discovered this afternoon that our Reuben's 3rd Gt Grandfather owned the biggest Mill in England so he did...not only that but one of his daughters married into the Colman family...the mustard people. It was always said that the Colman's made their fortune from what was left on peoples plates...
In the days when you put a Mustard spoonful of Mustard on the side of your plate to eat with roast beef or fat sausages.
Mother had a little silver Mustard pot with a blue glass lining and a tiny spoon...wonder what happened to that.
Anyway I found Reuben's 3rd Gt Grandfather and looked on the net and there were some lovely pictures of the Mill...it started off just grinding wheat for flour...but at almost the end of its life...when it'd been converted to coal...who'd have thought of a windmill working by coal...it was grinding all manner of goods...peas and beans and such-like to be used in cattle food.
When it was still wind-powered by its sails, the villagers used to take their bread dough to be baked in the ovens...it was that this point in the narrative that I became quite lost and confused actually...if it was powered by wind, how could you bake bread in the ovens...
Anyway it was sold eventually and fell into a state of disrepair...more so after the sails were struck by lightning and the top went afire.
An Indian Prince bought it...quite what an Indian Prince was doing living in the back of beyond in a small Norfolk village is anyone's guess...then it was left empty for ages before being 'restored', that word makes me shudder...now it's open to the public on a Sunday afternoon. The Granary has been converted into apartments...no-one lives in a flat anymore...it's apartments now.
Those small villages must have been a hive of activity once...that Mill was one of six within the village itself...there was a castle and a big estate which employed many of the locals...'pubs and churches of every denomination...shops that sold boots and shoes...grocers and greengrocers...tailors and cobblers.
In much the same way our little street has shrunk over the years as has our town...not much more than a village now but it was once a thriving place with many shops and a big department store...now we have some 'pubs still open for business and a scattering of shops...but it's mostly hairdressers and nail bars now. The supermarket dominates as does the pharmacy...
Reuben and Teresa are coming to stay at the beginning of October...better get some Colmans mustard in.