National search begins for a 21st century miller

The 17th century Worsbrough Mill in Barnsley which has been milling flour since 1865, has launched a national search to find a miller who will continue the ancient tradition of stone grinding flour using water power.

Worsbrough Mill is one of around 40 working mills in the country and it is estimated that there are approximately 300 traditional millers still employed in the ancient profession.

Restored as a working museum in 1976, the mill has been nurtured as a successful flour milling business, milling a range of premium quality grains sourced from organic farms in the UK.

Worsbrough Mill & Country Park covers over 62 hectares of woodland and open water reservoir and attracted over 180,000 visitors in 2017.

Over the next five years the miller will be instrumental in helping secure the mill’s long-term future as a first-class centre of learning, recreation and locally-produced artisan food.

The miller will join an illustrious lineage of millers dating back to around 1625. They will draw energy from the River Dove which flows through the Low Valley in Barnsley to create a range of organic flours, including British organic wheat, spelt, rye flours, white flours, semolina and bran. The flours are available to buy at the mill shop and tea room on site at Worsborough Mill & Country Park and in farm shops and small bakeries across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

Richard Moss is retiring from the position of Miller after 20 years in the role. He said: “The new miller will have the power of the mill at their fingertips, from the water, gears and energy, to the millstones themselves, bringing them into harmony to create flour. This is a fantastic opportunity to live and work in Barnsley which is steeped in history and has some beautiful scenery and hidden treasures to explore.”

Craig Hartley is the business development manager for Barnsley Museums, operated by Barnsley Council. He said: “The miller will join us at an exciting time as we develop plans to create a learning centre and artisan bakery on site, both for the benefit of residents in Barnsley, the local economy and income generation for the museum's service.

“They will be at the very heart of these development plans focused on local food and the natural heritage to ensure the mill becomes a destination of choice for the local community and for visitors to the region.

“The ideal candidate will have a passion for baking and heritage with engineering experience, or already be responsible for a working mill. But we’re also interested in hearing from people who are interested in learning an ancient trade and taking on the responsibility of running the mill.”

The job application for the role of Miller will go live on 20th April on the Barnsley Council website at:

Watch this short film to find out more about the ancient milling process at Worsbrough Mill:

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Worsbrough Mill's nationwide search to find a new flour miller was featured on Countryfile Spring Diaries. Presenter Jules Hudson visited the Mill to find out more about the role. He was taught the milling process by retiring miller Richard Moss, and then sampled artisan bread made with flour from the mill with Jacqui Jackson from Yorkshire Baking Company.

The footage shown below was aired as part of BBC's Countryside Spring Diaries on 29 May 2018 and full footage is available on iPlayer for 1 month here: