Monday 26th November saw the start of work on the small mill building after a 4 year battle to save it from destruction. The first phase of basic structural work should be finished by March 2013. We have been working in Partnership with Sheffield City Council and funding has been provided from the Heritage Lottery Fund; our funders include Sheffield Town Trust, Charles Hayward Foundations, SCC, the S.W. Community Assembly & Big Lottery CSEP Fund.
There has been a mill on the site for about 1000 years with the current building probably on a similar footprint to Sir John Bright’s total restoration of the mill in 1679 for the grand cost of £170! The mill has been the story of how Sheffield fed itself first with water power taken from the River Sheaf by the Skate Park and later by steam. The Mill closed in 1939.
The redundant buildings have been used as a maintenance depot and storage by Sheffield City Council but for the last 6 years have lain mostly abandoned to the elements and decay. The dangers were that the buildings would be sold or fall down so we took up the challenge to save the small mill building, then the whole site by bringing it into productive use.
Currently we are £9.2k short of what we need to finish this phase and have a building where we can attract a commercial user and gain community use. Period doors, windows, stairs, under-floor heating, wall pointing and fitting out remain to be done and we are working with the community to achieve these goals. Additionally we need to clear the space round the building to achieve a small but protected entrance and courtyard.
A Fashion Show, hosted by Perfectly Dressed and The Waggon & Horses, is being held on Thursday 1st November from 7.30 onwards in aid of the Small Mill Building repairs which are due to start within the next couple of months. Supper will be provided towards the end of the show and is included in the ticket price.
There has been a Mill on the site at the end of our park for over 1000 years and we have successfully campaigned to stop it being disposed of (and probably turned into housing) plus raised a five figure amount of money to make the small building weather proof, energy self sufficient, and a large step towards being available to the community.
This has been a herculean effort by a few members of FofMP & C&MCG and all proceeds will go towards extra work on the building such as doors, windows and internal stairs. Please do support the event and help “Put the our Mill back into Millhouses”
Tickets from Perfectly Dressed, The Waggon & Horses or The Millhouses.
Check out the History & Mill page for the latest episode of John Hill-Wilson’s history of Millhouses…
The next chapter of the history of our Mill has now been published – check the ‘MILL’ link above – or click the picture. Just scroll down the page for the latest episode.
If you haven’t had chance yet – why not take a few minutes to read the other chapters of this enthralling story and immerse yourself in the rich and varied history of the Mill?
The latest chapter of the Mill Story by John Hill-Wilson is now online for you to read – CLICK HERE or visit the ‘MILL’ page.
Check out the latest chapter of The Mill Story by John Hill-Wilson! Click the MILL link above – or click HERE!
Thanks for your votes on the Energyshare Website! Unfortunately we didn’t quite make it and were pipped at the post by the North Devon Hospice who want a large solar photovoltaic array, and Shrewsbury Hydro who want a micro-hydro scheme on the River Severn. There’s a table in one of these photos which shows the final scores for all the entrants and shows how many people actually voted for us! Thank you to all of you who voted and to Radio Sheffield, Active8 and Marishka Van Steenburgen for her excellent article.