‘Clever lad’ Archie reaches millstone milestone as 12-year-old breaks world record in Stotfold

Archie Ray working the mill stones.

Archie Ray working the mill stones. - Credit: Archant

A 12-year-old boy potentially became the youngest person in the world to operate two millstones simultaneously after performing the feat at Stotfold Watermill.

Archie Chenery won a golden ticket which gave him the rare opportunity to visit the mill with his family and work behind the scenes with the milling staff.

Under close supervision from the team, Archie learned how to turn on the valve which allows river water over the wheel and then operates the millstones.

He was also taught about the intricate craft of milling flour, including the adjustment of the stones and the correct speed at which the grain is fed onto the millstones to produce stone-ground flour.

Archie said: “It was amazing – especially being the youngest ever to run two stones.


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“I really enjoyed turning the water on and making all the cogs and gears work.

“It was a great day – really good fun.”

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Ray Kilby, who is one of the leaders of Stotfold Watermill’s Milling Team, said: “He’s a clever lad and I think he’d be a great potential miller.”

This Sunday the mill is holding a First World War exhibition from 12.30pm until 5pm focussing on how the conflict affected Stotfold.

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