About the Little Mill Company

The weir and bridge of the Nore at Bennettsbridge

The Little Mill is run by Rob Mosse and his father Bill. We have been making stoneground wholemeal for bakeries in Ireland for many years. As millers, we naturally have a passion for baking, always trying out lots of new, interesting and delicious recipes.

To share some of recipes, we have created some baking mixes for quick and simple home baking. We have put together a range of our favourites, blended them into mixes and packed them into little bags ready for you to finish off at home. We hope you enjoy making and eating them!

About the Mill

The Little Mill is built on the River Nore in Bennettsbridge Co. Kilkenny. The foundations of the Mill reach deep under the river bed, foundations that have stood firm since 1501. The Little Mill is twinned with The Big Mill which was built in 1780, standing almost directly across the River from its smaller partner. Unusually the two mills were powered by the same water course, at the same location on the River. The river’s powerful water was redirected by means of a weir which feed the headraces of each mill driving water down onto the waterwheels to power the shafts and mechanics which lay inside the mill structures. Sadly the wooden water wheels are no longer in place. Today hydroelectric power is generated by means of two modern turbines.

In The Little Mill much of the original internal layout is still intact. The maze of wheels, belts and shafts that drive the mill stone are thought to have been installed pre-World War Two.

Mill buildings were fundamentally olden day factories. The Little Mill has been used to make many different products over its long life, grinding maize and flax, dressed seed for propagation by local farmers for harvest and sale to the Big Mill for milling into flour.
Today, the Little Mill grinds wheat to make stoneground wholemeal which is sold to commercial bakeries and retail outlets.

The Mosse Family

Rob & Bill Mosse Thought to be of Norman origin the Mosses landed into Cork, Ireland after travelling across England. They subsequently travelled northward to Ballyragget in County Kilkenny and began to mill flour on the River Nore. A family feud or love, possibly both, brought the family further south of the River to Bennettsbridge where much of the family still reside today. While they started milling on arrival to Bennettsbridge seven generations ago and still continue today, the family have diversified into many trades over the years gaining recognition in hop farming, art, woodturning, pottery and baking. The Mosses affinity to the River Nore and Bennettsbridge is deeply engrained.