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Flour Collection

From the humble beginnings of flour mills to global culinary traditions, the story unfolds

Background imageFlour Collection: Building the HTP warehouse on Malpas Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1911

Building the HTP warehouse on Malpas Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1911
Warehouse being built for HTP (Hosken, Trevithick and Polkinhorn), who were agricultural and grain merchants. View of the frame of the building with scaffolding and gangs of workers

Background imageFlour Collection: Old Towngate - Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

Old Towngate - Holmfirth, West Yorkshire
Old Towngate, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. Holmfirth has become well known as the location of the situation comedy Last of the Summer Wine

Background imageFlour Collection: Wheat or bread wheat, Triticum vulgare

Wheat or bread wheat, Triticum vulgare. Chromolithograph after a botanical illustration by Walther Muller from Hermann Adolph Koehlers Medicinal Plants, edited by Gustav Pabst, Koehler, Germany, 1887

Background imageFlour Collection: Cranfield Brothers Ltd Flour Millers - Works Charabanc Outin

Cranfield Brothers Ltd Flour Millers - Works Charabanc Outing, Ipswich, Suffolk, England. Showing The Charabanc Marguerite Date: 1920s

Background imageFlour Collection: Nigeria - A Yoruba Grocer

Nigeria - A Yoruba Grocer Date: circa 1920s

Background imageFlour Collection: The Croton Flour Mills of George V. Hecker & Co. - New York

The Croton Flour Mills of George V. Hecker & Co. - New York
The Croton Flour Mills of George V. Hecker & Co. - 199, 201 and 203 Cherry Street, New York, USA. The old windmill of 1776 and the modern mill of 1876. Date: circa 1890

Background imageFlour Collection: Range of bakery tools and ingredients

Range of bakery tools and ingredients
A range of bakery tools and ingredients, including a pair of scales, a bucket, a sieve, mixing paddles and a sack of flour

Background imageFlour Collection: Woman making chapati, Dakshin Kali, Nepal, Asia

Woman making chapati, Dakshin Kali, Nepal, Asia

Background imageFlour Collection: Older Woman Baking 1947

Older Woman Baking 1947
An older woman wearing a flowery apron rolls out pastry for some home baking

Background imageFlour Collection: Standing African woman in traditional Somalian clothing pounding grain in a clay pot using a

Standing African woman in traditional Somalian clothing pounding grain in a clay pot using a stick, front view

Background imageFlour Collection: A lorry from the Hercules Bakery seen here outside Priday Metford mill, Gloucester docks

A lorry from the Hercules Bakery seen here outside Priday Metford mill, Gloucester docks. Circa 1920

Background imageFlour Collection: J Mercer. The Queen of Hearts

J Mercer. The Queen of Hearts
The Queen of Hearts she made some tarts... 20th century

Background imageFlour Collection: Snowboarder

Snowboarder
Evgeny Vasenev

Background imageFlour Collection: Pow Street, Workington, Cumbria, UK

Pow Street, Workington, Cumbria, UK
Scene in Pow Street, Workington, Cumbria, UK. circa 1910s

Background imageFlour Collection: Victorian scraps (chromolitho)

Victorian scraps (chromolitho)
3656428 Victorian scraps (chromolitho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Victorian scraps)

Background imageFlour Collection: Thessaloniki - Salep Merchant

Thessaloniki - Salep Merchant. Salep flour is consumed in beverages and desserts, especially in places that were formerly part of the Ottoman Empire

Background imageFlour Collection: Delivering Flour to the Queen Mary

Delivering Flour to the Queen Mary
Josph Rank Ltd. Millers - delivering Flour to the RMS Queen Mary, then Britains largest ship. She sailed primarily in the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard Line. Date: 1936

Background imageFlour Collection: Scene in the International Stores, Crediton, Devon

Scene in the International Stores, Crediton, Devon, with two middle-aged women chatting in an aisle. The photograph dates from before decimalisation of the currency -- tins of peaches are priced at

Background imageFlour Collection: Field flowers in corn field barley field with cornflowers and scentless chamomile

Field flowers in corn field barley field with cornflowers and scentless chamomile (Tripleurospermum inodorum)
SAS-293 Field flowers in corn field - barley field with cornflowers and scentless chamomile (Tripleurospermum inodorum) in evening light Baden-Wuerttemberg

Background imageFlour Collection: Cookery Magazine 1917

Cookery Magazine 1917
A wartime issue of this popular cookery magazine - Splendid Flour Substitute recipes, Making the meat go round, the sugar shortage, How to save bread

Background imageFlour Collection: Flour Mill 1930S

Flour Mill 1930S
A miller at work among the cogs and machinery of an old mill, crushing wheat grain to make flour. Date: 1930s

Background imageFlour Collection: Recipe for Pudding

Recipe for Pudding
Recipe for Christmas Pudding using McDougalls Flour

Background imageFlour Collection: Powder Rush

Powder Rush
Pauline Pentony MA ARPS DPAGB

Background imageFlour Collection: Powland

Powland
Benjamin Trévillot

Background imageFlour Collection: The bakery, the butchers, the shoemaker, 19th century lithograph, bread, oven, fire

The bakery, the butchers, the shoemaker, 19th century lithograph, bread, oven, fire, baker, bake, flour, baked, boots, leather, craft, shoe, hammer, tool, handcraft, handwork, craftsman, soles

Background imageFlour Collection: Payns sure-raising flour

Payns sure-raising flour

Background imageFlour Collection: Mcdougalls Cake

Mcdougalls Cake
Traditional Christmas Cake made with McDougalls flour Date: 1931

Background imageFlour Collection: A selection of funnels, food warmers and flour bins

A selection of funnels, food warmers and flour bins. Date: circa 1900

Background imageFlour Collection: Bakers Shop / Loaves

Bakers Shop / Loaves
A scene in a bakery, with the preparation and baking of standard size loaves of white bread

Background imageFlour Collection: The mill of Fombuena, Spain, 1884 (engraving)

The mill of Fombuena, Spain, 1884 (engraving)
AIS5355275 The mill of Fombuena, Spain, 1884 (engraving); (add.info.: The mill of Fombuena (Spain) Engraving from 1884.); © Iberfoto

Background imageFlour Collection: Discharging flour, 1918 (gouache on board)

Discharging flour, 1918 (gouache on board)
7342158 Discharging flour, 1918 (gouache on board) by Everett, John (1876-1949); 38.6x51.2 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageFlour Collection: A water-powered flour mill

A water-powered flour mill
5312086 A water-powered flour mill; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a water-powered flour mill. Dated 17th century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageFlour Collection: 8622587

8622587

Background imageFlour Collection: Advertising card for Washburn, Crosby Co flour (chromolitho)

Advertising card for Washburn, Crosby Co flour (chromolitho)
8677718 Advertising card for Washburn, Crosby Co flour (chromolitho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Advertising card for Washburn, Crosby Co flour, Minneapolis)

Background imageFlour Collection: Food and Beerage. Sieve removing the bran from the flour. Engraving in

Food and Beerage. Sieve removing the bran from the flour. Engraving in: Grands hommes et grands faits de
3434799 Food and Beerage. Sieve removing the bran from the flour. Engraving in: Grands hommes et grands faits de l'industrie, France, c.1880 (engraving); (add.info.: Coll. Part. Food and Beerage)

Background imageFlour Collection: Food and Beverage. A bakery. (engraving)

Food and Beverage. A bakery. (engraving)
3434798 Food and Beverage. A bakery. (engraving); (add.info.: Coll. Part. Food and Beverage. A bakery.); Photo © CCI

Background imageFlour Collection: Food and Beverage. Sectionplan of the Mills of Corbeil (Paris). Engraving in

Food and Beverage. Sectionplan of the Mills of Corbeil (Paris). Engraving in
3434796 Food and Beverage. Sectionplan of the Mills of Corbeil (Paris). Engraving in: Grands hommes et grands faits de l'industrie, France, c.1880 (engraving); (add.info.: Coll. Part)

Background imageFlour Collection: Food and Beverage. Watermill in the 19th cent. Engraving in: Grands hommes et grands faits de

Food and Beverage. Watermill in the 19th cent. Engraving in: Grands hommes et grands faits de l'industrie, France
3434795 Food and Beverage. Watermill in the 19th cent. Engraving in: Grands hommes et grands faits de l'industrie, France, c.1880 (engraving); (add.info.: Coll. Part. Food and Beverage)

Background imageFlour Collection: Chinese rice mill with blindfolded mules turning a millstone, Qing Dynasty

Chinese rice mill with blindfolded mules turning a millstone, Qing Dynasty
FLO4590500 Chinese rice mill with blindfolded mules turning a millstone, Qing Dynasty. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Andrea Freschi after Antoine Cardon from Henri-Leonard-Jean-Baptiste

Background imageFlour Collection: Water-powered flour mill designed by John Smeaton, 1781. Copperplate engraving by Wilson Lowry

Water-powered flour mill designed by John Smeaton, 1781. Copperplate engraving by Wilson Lowry after a drawing by J
FLO4591408 Water-powered flour mill designed by John Smeaton, 1781. Copperplate engraving by Wilson Lowry after a drawing by J

Background imageFlour Collection: Wheat grain with fungal infection Uredo segetum. Decayed ear of wheat at natural size 1, magnified 2

Wheat grain with fungal infection Uredo segetum. Decayed ear of wheat at natural size 1, magnified 2
FLO4576891 Wheat grain with fungal infection Uredo segetum. Decayed ear of wheat at natural size 1, magnified 2, 3 revealing misshapen pistils a and sterile anthers b, infected wheat dust 4

Background imageFlour Collection: Wheat or bread wheat, TritiCum vulgare. Chromolithograph after a botanical illustration by Walther

Wheat or bread wheat, TritiCum vulgare. Chromolithograph after a botanical illustration by Walther Muller from Hermann
FLO4992692 Wheat or bread wheat, TritiCum vulgare. Chromolithograph after a botanical illustration by Walther Muller from Hermann Adolph Koehler's Medicinal Plants, edited by Gustav Pabst

Background imageFlour Collection: The baker. Illustration of ' The Brownies', legend of the 19th century reproduced in the poem ' Die

The baker. Illustration of " The Brownies", legend of the 19th century reproduced in the poem " Die
IMB4827294 The baker. Illustration of " The Brownies", legend of the 19th century reproduced in the poem " Die Heinzelmannchen zu Koln" by August Kopisch (1799-1853); (add.info)

Background imageFlour Collection: Vegetable Food Products, Maize and Rye (colour litho)

Vegetable Food Products, Maize and Rye (colour litho)
8644983 Vegetable Food Products, Maize and Rye (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Vegetable Food Products, Maize and Rye)

Background imageFlour Collection: Rubbing fat into flour (b/w photo)

Rubbing fat into flour (b/w photo)
8657680 Rubbing fat into flour (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Rubbing fat into flour)

Background imageFlour Collection: A windmill used to grind corn

A windmill used to grind corn
5307351 A windmill used to grind corn.; (add.info.: Sectional view of a windmill used to grind corn. On the upper floor the miller is feeding grain into the hopper which takes it to the centre of)

Background imageFlour Collection: View of the machinery of a wind powered flour mill

View of the machinery of a wind powered flour mill
5310184 View of the machinery of a wind powered flour mill; (add.info.: View of the machinery of a wind powered flour mill, complete with a view at the top right (a post mill)

Background imageFlour Collection: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Hippomobile cart carrying bags of flour, 1855

France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Hippomobile cart carrying bags of flour, 1855
LUX4816868 France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Hippomobile cart carrying bags of flour, 1855; (add.info.: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Hippomobile cart carrying bags of flour




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From the humble beginnings of flour mills to global culinary traditions, the story unfolds. In 1911, the HTP warehouse on Malpas Road in Truro, Cornwall witnessed the birth of a thriving industry. Meanwhile, Old Towngate in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire stood as a testament to the enduring presence of wheat or bread wheat (Triticum vulgare) in our lives. The legacy continued with Cranfield Brothers Ltd Flour Millers' charabanc outing - an exciting adventure that showcased their dedication to quality and craftsmanship. Across continents, from Nigeria's Yoruba Grocer to Dakshin Kali in Nepal, women skillfully transformed flour into delicious chapatis and other traditional delicacies. Across the Atlantic Ocean, The Croton Flour Mills of George V. Hecker & Co. Became synonymous with excellence in New York City. Their range of bakery tools and ingredients revolutionized baking for generations. In 1947, an older woman's hands expertly kneaded dough as she prepared mouthwatering treats for her loved ones - a heartwarming scene that captured the essence of home baking. Not limited by borders or cultures, standing proudly in traditional Somali clothing was an African woman pounding grain using a stick and clay pot – showcasing both strength and tradition. Through time and space, it has been at the center stage – powering industries like Powder Rush while inspiring creativity like J Mercer's 'The Queen of Hearts. ' From historic landmarks to everyday kitchens worldwide; this simple ingredient weaves its way into our lives with its timeless versatility.