it is now the DanceEast Jerwood DanceHouse (no time for
inter-word spacing for these dancers). The DanceHouse is situated in The
Mill, on the former Cranfields
Mill site. Inside the foyer, not far
from the famous tutu chandelier, is an old sack. But what a sack!
framed, this relic of the busy days of milling at Cranfield
Brothers' displays the following lettering in two coloured inks:
The fine print on the advertisment reads:
+ DOCK ROLLER MILLS +
'The finest quality Patent Flours ever
"GOLDEN SEAL" from strong Wheat Mixture.
"SNOWFLAKE" from mild Wheat Mixture.
"INVINCIBLE" Stone Ground Wheatmeal.
WHEAT-FEED–BRAN & MIDDLINGS. Guaranteed pure and
without any admixture of ground screenings.
"SNOWFLAKE" Self-Raising Flour. In 13/4-lb. and
31/2-lb. Bags. IDEAL FOR CAKES AND PASTRY.'
This three-quarters aerial view of Cranfields Mill at the height of its
import/export and production shows the scale of the operation where
early buildings have been added to and, in some cases, surrounded by
later developments of the site. The two sailing barges moored at Albion
Wharf in the westernmost tip of the Wet Dock can be loaded from the
buildings on top of the dockside collonade (the cast iron columns are
still there, see our Dockside
ground level page for a 2013 view). The tramway running along the
dockside beneath the overhang carries goods waggons – which can
be filled from the mill above – being pulled by a steam locomotive,
visible at the left. The narrow raised road/tramway running from the
jaws of Foundry Lane towards the Island site has the 'old technology'
of a horse-and-cart on it. The banner sign: 'CRANFIELD BROS. LTD.'
appears three times on various parts of the factory, with 'CRANFIELD'S
FLOUR MILLS' on the highest tower next to the chimney.
Ipswich Maritime Trust display
The photographs, below, from the Ipswich Maritime Trust display in the
House show, below left, ‘Cranfield’s Dock Roller Mills, 1958. Loading
sacks of flour at the site of today’s IMT Window Museum (original
photograph: Stuart Grimwade)'. Below right: another lettered sack:
‘THIS SACK IS THE PROPERTY OF
CORNFIELD BROS. LTD.
DOCK ROLLER MILLS
TO BE USED FOR WHEAT ONLY 8/55'
For an image of the stump of 'Cranfields Flour Mill' which has been
preserved (unfinished) opposite St Mary-At-The-Quay Church see The Mill page.
See our More almshouses page for a
little more about the good works of Lillian Cranfield, widow of the
founder of the company.
For more images of these buildings and of the
northern quays during the 2005/6 Waterfront demolition and clearances
see our Waterfront regeneration
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Historic Lettering site: Borin Van Loon
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