On Saturday 9th September 2017, the team at Castleton Mill were delighted to open the mill for the day and welcome visitors as part of the national programme of Heritage Open Days. The present owners purchased the mill in 2013 and since then, a huge restoration programme has been in operation. The first phase of work is now almost complete with the main mill building’s, final floor due ready for occupation at the end of this month.
We welcomed nearly 100 people to Castleton Mill during the day, providing a glimpse of the building before and after restoration. We were also able to share our early research of the history of the mill contained within a neat brochure designed by our friends at Studio Tom, Dick & Harry
Learning about the history and construction of the mill has been fascinating, especially the origins of the markings on the beams on our 3rd floor, marked in lines and symbols for easy matching by ‘illiterate’ joiners.
We were visited by architects working on similar projects, people who have previously worked at Castleton Mill, history buffs, local people curious to find out more and photographers with a passion for hidden places. The day was full of tours and conversations, delightful exchanges and unique insights into the world and heritage of Castleton Mill. We are pretty sure we learnt more than we shared!
Exciting times are ahead at Castleton Mill with a thriving creative community and a brand new creative business incubator launching in October 2017. Our research journey has also only just begun and we are already excited about what gems will be uncovered for the next Heritage Open Day in 2018!
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