A visitors guide to the Suffolk Village of Pin Mill located on the
River Orwell. There are probably few places where you can order your
drinks from a bar without stepping onto dry land, yet during high spring
tides on the River Orwell at the quaint village of Pin Mill this is
entirely possible. With yachtsmen being served from the windows of
the local pub whilst still aboard their boats. The picturesque
Butt and Oyster Inn, which is lapped each day by the waters of the River
Orwell was first granted a licence during the 16th century.
Rumours abound about its connections with smugglers in days gone past
and another claim to fame is the fact that the BBC TV series Lovejoy
also did some filming here. The Butt is another name for the Fluke, a
The area around Pin Mill flourishes with houseboats with many of them
having been made from converted Thames barges. Pin Mill is set in an
area of outstanding natural beauty, designated a conservation area it
attracts artists and birdwatchers. There are many good walks
around here with some that actually follow the river. The National
Trust manage some eighty acres of woodland around Pin Mill.
Cargo from sea going ships would be offloaded onto barges at Pin Mill to
undertake the rest of the journey to Ipswich down the River Orwell. You
can still see large container vessels making their way upstream to the
docks at Ipswich, past the wading birds such as Snipe, Redshank and
Lapwing. In July each year at Buttermans Bay the Pin Mill Barge Match
takes place involving salvaged barges, a very popular event.
Pin Mill is accessed by a narrow road off the B1456
as parts of this road are single track it can become a bit congested
during the main holiday seasons.
The children's author Arthur Ransome (famous for his Swallows and
Amazons publications) used to live in the village keeping his boat the
Nancy Blackett moored on the river here. He wrote his much loved
book "We didn't mean to go to sea" based on Pin Mill and the
River Orwell. In 1937 Arthur Ransome commissioned a larger galley
which was built by the boatyard at Pin Mill, this yacht he named the
Selina King. His yacht the Nancy Blackett was found and restored and
sails the Orwell River in the care of the Nancy Blackett Trust, which
preserves and maintains her and shows her at maritime festivals.
The nearby village of Chelmondiston has everything you need for basic
holiday supplies with post office and general stores. Further a field is
Ipswich with all its attractions and shops.
On a slightly darker note the last recorded outbreak of bubonic plague
was recorded at Pin Mill.
For Holiday Accommodation in Pin Mill Suffolk or near by - Self Catering
- Holiday Cottages and Bed and Breakfast check out our Pin Mill
Holiday Accommodation Pages.