FROM the Archive this week features a photograph of the the Atlantic Flour Mill in Barry.

The building of the mill started in April 1904 and operations began on June 9, 1905.

Described as a gigantic flour mill it had capacity to produce 30 sacks of flour an hour when it opened.

One of the advantages of the mill being built in Barry Dock was vessels could arrive regardless of the tide.

When delivered the wheat was screened, washed and dried before it went through the milling process.

While it was the most up-to-date manufacturing process, explosions in flour manufacture was common.

In this photograph from 1912 the roof has blown off.

While records are incomplete, it is presumed the damage was a result of such an explosion.

The Barry & District News would like to thank Cllr Shirley Hodges for the photograph and information.

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