Advert For J. Hughes, Mill Stone Builders
Medium: Print on paper
This is an advertisement for J. Hughes and Sons, mill stone builders and furnishers. Flour mills were very important during the 19th century because bread was part of the staple diet for thousands of people. It was essential that mill stones were tough, durable and well made because it was between these stones that the corn is ground. The illustrations on the leaflet show groves hammered into the stones, putting in these groves is called ‘dressing the stones’ and produces a roughened edge which is more efficient for grinding. Mill stone workers would have been kept very busy because the stones had to be re-dressed every 3 months after they had worn down.