Warwick Bridge Corn Mill - Turning the Wheels for the Future
Warwick Bridge Corn Mill is the latest of our Building Preservation Trust restoration projects. We acquired the mill in July 2015, and hope to restore the mill and bring it back into use in the next few years. The total project cost is just over £2 Million, and we have raised about 80% of the funds so far, thanks to grants from various bodies including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Architectural Heritage Fund, Historic England, Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust, The Headley Trust, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Pilgrim Trust and the Wolfson Foundation. We are still actively fundraising, but the commitment from those mentioned above have allowed us to start the next phase of the project, involving the local community and starting with the most urgent repairs to the buildings.
For more information and pictures of the urgent works that have been undertaken through the funding provided by Historic England see our Progress Updates page
NECT is also very grateful for the support of the Architectural Heritage Fund throughout the development period for this project and beyond. Their help and shared vision for the future of this last unrestored corn mill in Cumbria has been crucial in getting us to this point.
The mill as seen today has remained almost unchanged as part of the village and its life since the 1840s, though it can trace its origins back to the era of the Doomsday Book. Its future has been uncertain, so this lifeline support from HLF is the essential catalyst NECT has been hoping for. The project will bring the mill back into full working order as both an asset for the community and its local economy.
The Corn Mill is on the Heritage at Risk Register, and is Grade II* listed, indicating its significance - partly due to the fact that it has retained its milling machinery and water course, enabling it to be brought back into its original use, and also enabling us to incorporate hydro technology into the works.
a little bit more of the history of the site can be found on the industrial heritage of cumbria website