Gallery: Stotfold Watermill’s Working Steam Weekend

Steam engines on display

Steam engines on display - Credit: Archant

Visitors braved the weather to enjoy an event which showcased steam-driven machinery that revolutionised 19th century farming.

Stotfold Watermill held its annual Working Steam Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, where visitors could see ploughing, threshing and wood-cutting, all done by steam power.

Many of the machines being demonstrated came from the Saunders Steam Collection - one of the largest of its kind in Europe, with some items now extremely rare.

Visitors also had the chance to see the working mill in action, using grain threshed by steam power, and there were a variety of stalls offering country crafts and foods.

Pam Manfield, volunteer coordinator at Stotfold Watermill, said: “We are very grateful to our volunteers who turned out, and the visitors who came, despite the weather on Sunday. The children particularly had a good time.”

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She added: “We really value our volunteers’ input. Without them we wouldn’t be able to do it.”

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