Mill fed troops

This former mill at Two Dales was of great use during the Second World War for its manufacturing of oatmeal and porridge oats.

Sidney and Ernest Johnson’s Flour Mill at Ladygrove produced ‘Ladygrove Breakfast Oats’.

Puffed wheat was manufactured, with pieces being blasted out of a large ‘gun–like’ mechanism set on a tripod.

The firm was contracted by the War Office and Prison Service to provide them with breakfast oats and cereals.

Ernest Johnson salvaged hollow wooden tubing from the bomb damaged Tate and Lyle sugar factory at Liverpool and before fitting it in the Two Dales mill, allowed locals to chisel out the icing sugar to take home.