June 2016. First phase of Emergency repairs start on site
The first phase of repairs to the corn mill have now begun on site thanks mainly to a grant from Historic England. Scaffolding went up around the drying kiln at the end of May and the contractors are now carefully removing the roof covering and timbers, assessing their condition and will be replacing as necessary over the next few months.
We will be hosting tours of the works on site during this phase of work. The first of these events is on 13th July - see the community engagement page for more information
We held the first of our community visits to see progress on 13th July and had over 100 visitors during the day - including two groups from the local primary school. Everyone was excited to see work starting - and we were very pleased that so many people were interested in volunteering with a wide range of experiences and knowledge to offer.
End of July Update. The weather has largely remained fine, enabling the work to continue on site, new roof trusses have been installed alongside some of the original trusses to retain originality and strengthen the roof in preparation for re-slating. Some of the re-pointing of the drying kiln walls has also started.
On Sunday 7th August we held two site tours, one for members of the SPAB North Regional Group and one for local people and milling enthusiasts, when there was a chance to get up close and see the works currently on site and hear of our plans for the future of the building. We were delighted to hear the positive reactions of those visiting for the first time.
Early September update. Work has continued on site with much of the re-pointing now having been completed - this is slow and delicate work, and difficult to see from the roadside, but once the scaffolding comes down, it will be more obvious. The timber frame for the "louvre lantern" on the drying kiln roof has also been constructed and is looking good. It will shortly be felted and slated, making it weatherproof, but giving a new look to the drying kiln.
On the 30th September we held a "topping out" ceremony to celebrate the re-instatement of the louvred lantern on the top of the drying kiln roof. The event was attended by children and staff from the local primary school as well as representatives from the local community and funders. The children played their part in continuing the story of the mill by signing their names on the back of the new roof slates. Members of the local press and TV crews were also in attendance and the event featured on local television news and in the local papers.
A site board with more information about the works currently being undertaken has been installed at the entrance to the mill which we hope will help everyone to see what detailed work is being carried out and the rationale behind it.
November Update. Thanks to the mild weather work has continued onsite and we have now been able to complete the re-roofing of the granary, slating in the louvre at the top and completing some additional pointing work to the walls. We have also been able to undertake some timber repairs to one of the adjoining buildings and the complex is now better able to resist the effects of the winter weather.
Project Update February 2017
please click on the link below to read our latest newsletter on the project, and to hear a little about another hidden gem in the village that is receiving a face lift!
Other funders to whom we are grateful for their support for this phase of work include the Architectural Heritage Fund, Cumbria County Council through their Ward Councillors Community Grant programme and Cumbria Waste Management Environmental Trust.