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The Windows of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings are Open Once More

Light is once again flooding into the Main Mill at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, as work to rescue the world's first iron framed building - the grandparent to modern skyscrapers - forges ahead.

Light streaming through windows where the bricks have been removed and scaffolding still in place
Light streaming through windows where the bricks have been removed at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings © Historic England

Most of the windows, bricked up in the 19th century, have been re-opened as part of a major project to repair the Main Mill and Kiln and bring them back into use.

Historic England is working with Shropshire Council and the Friends of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings on a two stage project to restore the Main Mill and Kiln, thanks to £20.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The first phase, due to finish by December 2018, includes repairing the walls, floors and roof, and opening up the windows so the Main Mill can be converted.

The second phase, between 2019 and 2021, will see the conversion of  the Main Mill and fitting it out for its next stage of life.

A new Historic England office has been created in an abandoned part of the Stove House. Repairs to the adjacent Dye House are also underway, so that it can be enjoyed for community and other uses.

Bricked up windows of mill building
Bricked up windows at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings © Historic England

Over the next few months the scaffolding which has hidden the Main Mill for 10 years will come down, allowing residents and visitors to see the building and the progress that has been made.

Interior view of bricked up windows
View of the bricked up windows at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings from the inside © Historic England

Visit Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

The Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings visitor centre is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am - 4pm between April and October.

Alternatively, you can get closer to the action and hear all about the Flaxmill's history and its future by booking on one of the guided tours run by the Friends, taking place on alternate Saturdays between May and August in 2018.

Find out more about the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

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