Baigent Flour Mill Restoration Project


On 14th August the society visited the  Baigent Flour Mill at the home of Barbara Cameron, the great granddaughter of Edward Baigent, and her husband at Ryversdale in Pigeon Valley.  This mill, the second in the Wakefield area,  is thought to be the oldest flour mill building still standing in New Zealand. It was erected by Edward Baigent in 1856.Western side of the mill showing the new shingle roof

The family would like to restore the mill for future generations and hopes the society can assist them in this endeavour.

The mill extends over 3 storeys.

At our meeting on Tuesday 24th August we will discuss what practical steps we can take as a group to help make this worthy project become a reality.

Outside the mill lies the abandoned millstone.

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4 responses

  1. Judith Newport | Reply

    My Great Grandparents Germain George Hodgkinson and wife MARY Ann are said to have been Neighbours of Issac Baigent on section 92 in Wakefiekd.I have had no luck finding informationon this.I HAVE READ Isaacs LETTERS written home to his family from his brothers home address on top of letter is Windlesham Mills. Is this the same mill as pictured on this site? I have had no luck in googling Windlesham Mills.I would dearly love to Know where Issac Baigent Lived so I can go and see where my great Grandparents Lived in Wakefield.

    1. In Marion Stringer’s book: “Just Another Row of Spuds” on page 62 it states that “The Forest Inn was just on the south side of the Jimmy Lee bridge past Wakefield Village. Built by Isaac Baigent….and had several owners.” (Isaac was presumably the first.)

      Yes, Baigent’s mill is Windlesham Mill and there is a street named Windlesham in Wakefield called Windlesham Place.

      Of course the Baigents came from Windlesham in Surrey and the letter that Isaac writes home when he arrives in New Zealand has the address of Windlesham Mills. This presumably refers to the flour mill which was built first. Joy Stephens in The Prow Article (note link) says that the timber mill was also powered by water and built a year later. It was probably built not too far away using the same race because the timber milling was carried out in the daytime and the flour milling at night.

      (Note: This comment has recently been updated.)

      1. Judith Newport

        Many thanks for the information.I am still trying to find out where section 92 was in early Wakefield can anyone help.

  2. […] A son of Thomas and Dorothy Baigent of Windlesham, Surrey.  They emigrated on the “Maori” in 1853 with 3 sons and a brother, Daniel Baigent, who was 27 years old, to join their brother Edward and his family in Wakefield. […]

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