E.P produced for Eling Tide Mill Trust in 1980
The Flour of The Forest
FTB CD10 Bespoke CD-R
5 tracks • 15 minutes • Re-issued 2017
Re-issued with revised notes and additional photograph.
In 1980 Eling Tide Mill Trust sponsored “THE FLOUR OF THE FOREST” as part of a fund-raising campaign for the £50,000 needed to complete the restoration of the mill machinery and develop a comprehensive interpretative display to show how the mill works.
The artists were all resident singers at Southampton’s Fo’c’s’le Folk Music Club and their work reflected aspects of the restoration project, and the affection that so many people feel for the mill. The songs also looked forward to the mill’s new role as a working tide mill, where Hampshire wheat would be ground by millstones powered by the tides of the Solent.
Having secured a £1.3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for refurbishment Eling Tide Mill closed temporarily in 2015. The Eling Experience is expected to reopen in Spring 2018.
Brian Hooper Vocals and Guitar
Ken Stephens Vocals and Concertina
Roy Harrison Vocals and Guitar
Dave Williams Voice
Geoff Jerram Vocals and Concertina
Originally issued as an E.P. FT 1017 in 1980.