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Putting our Money where our Mouth is for Mills at Risk!

Our annual Heritage at Risk Register has just been published giving a snapshot of the health of England's historic environment. 66 sites have been removed from the Register and 33 sites added. One of our priorities this year has been finding new futures for our historic mills. Find out more about how we are helping mills at risk.

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£200,000 to Help Save Historic Mills

We have recently given grants totalling over £200,000 for the restoration and repair of two mills on the outskirts of Bradford. Work is now underway to help these textile mills at risk.

Saving Waterloo Mill Engine House

The Engine House was added to Waterloo Mill in 1916. It was built to hold a second-hand 1896 Scott & Hodgson inverted vertical cross compound steam engine. Most of these engines were sold for scrap when they became redundant. The engine at Waterloo Mill is the last of its kind!

Our grant will help with structural repairs to stop the roof from collapsing and enable repairs to the masonry and windows. It will also provide a new staircase to improve access so that visitors can fully appreciate this unique engine.

1896 Scott & Hodgson inverted vertical cross compound steam engine - Waterloo Mill, Silsden
1896 Scott & Hodgson inverted vertical cross compound steam engine - Waterloo Mill, Silsden

Dalton Mills

Dalton Mills has suffered from years of dereliction and a serious fire. But, with a new owner and our funding things are looking up! We are part-funding a programme of extensive repairs including repairs to the water tower and central roof pavilions.

In its heyday over 2,000 people worked at the mills producing worsted yarn. Today you are more likely to find ghost hunters or airsoft players making use of its atmospheric buildings while they undergo repairs. It is also used by film crews and you may recognise it from the television series Peaky Blinders!

The interior of the Grade II* listed Dalton Mill, Keighley
The interior of the Grade II* listed Dalton Mill, Keighley

Both of these sites will remain on the Heritage at Risk Register until repairs are complete and their future secured! You can search the Register for places near you.

If you would like to find out more about best practice and creative ways to get iconic mills back to work, please read our publication Engines of Prosperity: new uses for old mills

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