Our company founders William and Henry Marriage came from a family who had farmed and milled in Essex since the mid seventeenth century. The twin brothers were aged only 17 when they established the company, following the death of their father. In their day wheat was ground on stones powered by wind or water, so milling depended on favourable weather. The brothers were forward looking and in 1836 introduced a steam engine at Moulsham Mill to ensure flour could be reliably produced whatever the conditions. In 1891 their sons installed a modern mechanized roller milling plant at Moulsham Mill.
The new roller milling method was so successful that the family decided to build a new flour mill, Chelmer Mills, better suited for this new technology. In 1899, Chelmer Mills was built next to the railway line in Chelmsford and is where Marriage’s remains based today. The mill had its own railway siding so that coal to power the mill and grain could be easily delivered in rail waggons, and the flour could be sent by train to London and then distributed by horse and van.
Until the 1950s, every week the Marriage family would visit Chelmsford Corn Exchange to buy wheat from local farmers and merchants. Today, Marriage’s still source wheat from Essex farmers, many of whom have been farming families for generations. Family members Simon and Richard Marriage are local farmers, supplying Chelmer Mills with wheat grown only a few miles away.
We have produced organic certified flour varieties since 1986. Sampson David Marriage, the father of current Director George Marriage, took an active interest in organic wheat and flour production before it became high profile. George Marriage helped establish the Organic Food Federation and was its Chairman for several years.
With almost two hundred years of flour milling experience, Marriage’s are proud of our tradition as family run British millers and remain committed to producing quality, consistent flours for both professional and home bakers.