Marriage's Flour, Essex
Marriage’s Flour has provided their award winning flours to East of England Co-op stores for many years. Trusted by both professional and amateur bakers for generations, the family run business has been milling flour in Chelmsford for over 200 years.
Twin brothers, William and Henry Marriage originally founded the business in 1824 when they were only seventeen. Today the company is run by fifth and sixth generations of the Marriage family at the historic Chelmer Mills.
Director, Hannah Marriage said: “We use the best quality bread wheat to produce our flours. Essex is a prime wheat growing area, due to its climate and soil, and we’ve been working with many local farming families for generations. We also use our own wheat from our arable farms just a few miles away from the mill.”
Marriage’s mill a wide range of bread making and culinary flours, organic varieties and speciality flours including stoneground wholemeal flour, traditionally milled on horizontal Victorian French Burr stones. This is a highly skilled job which is still done by hand using techniques which have remained unchanged since the earliest days of milling. To ensure consistent quality for professional and amateur bakers there is even an onsite baker who tests the flours by regular test bakes , as well as an onsite laboratory.
“We’re always looking to the future and introducing new flours. For the health conscious home bakers, this year we launched two new flours in the East of England Co-op – Golden Wholegrain Bread Flour and Golden Wholegrain Plain Flour. They have already won two 2 star Great Taste Awards each and the Golden Wholegrain Plain Flour has been shortlisted for a Delicious Magazine Produce Award. They have a much milder flavour and lighter colour than traditional wholemeal flour, are great for those wanting to improve their diet and are popular with children who often not so keen on traditional wholemeal breads.”
Even if you’ve not baked with Marriage’s Flour yourself but are a supporter of the East of England Co-op’s Sourced Locally range, it’s likely you’ve already had a taste of Marriage’s Flour. From Wendy’s House Cakes and Dan Hull Foods to Bushells and Leggs Bakery, they even supply flour to Keejay’s in Hadleigh for their speciality sauces.