Chapatti Flour from Offley Mill
CD Howell & Son has been milling with water-power since 1880 and chapatti flour at Offley Mill wince 1998. Very popular with the Asian community in the Midlands, chapattis made with Offley Mill flour are flatbreads ubiquitous in the Indian subcontinent.
Offley Brook Water Mill is located in the small hamlet village of Bishops Offley in Staffordshire. It is the last remaining working water mill on the river Sowe, with reference to a mill in the Domesday Book at the same location and it has never stopped working commercially from the time it was built. It has two water wheels and currently operates two sets of traditional French burr stones and four sets of European mills. The mill is currently owned by the Howell family who purchased it in 1944 to add to their other four water mills being operated at that time. The family has a long history in traditional milling dating back to 1740 when the Howells were millwrights and blacksmiths before establishing “WM Howell & Sons in 1840”. Today it is operated by David Howell who is the seventh generation of the Howell family to continue this tradition. A move into Chapatti flour production was made in 1998 and continues to be the main enterprise of this small family business along with contract grinding of special wheats for various customers throughout the country. Great pride is taken to ensure a top quality product combined with an age old traditional process of milling.