Restoring the past to create a future
Fingers crossed we should be dropping the external scaffold by the end of next week (17th/18th April). Just waiting on glass for the upper dormer window units. All upper level stonework is complete, hope to start the external cobbled footpaths next week.Oak staircase going in this week,oak flooring will be finished next week.
It's been a long and frustrating project not to mention WET but we have enjoyed the journey and hope you all like the end product.
Stephen Pickering (main…Continue
Adult Education course with University of York starting 8th January.
Bookings now being taken at: www.york.ac.uk/lifelonglearning/howshammill/
This exciting collaborative course will uncover some of the hidden histories of Howsham Mill, near York, and teach practical ways of presenting the past. Together, we will look at the corrnerstones…Continue
Thanks to all who came to the Christmas Craft Fair yesterday, it was great to see you.
For anyone trying to figure out exactly how many marshmallows there were on the gingerbread ruin, the answer was 629. (of course!) Well done to Liz H for having the closest guess.
Did you know that Howsham Mill now has its very own Facebook page:
And if you Tweet, follow the Mill…Continue
Posted by Liz Vowles on December 10, 2012 at 13:38
Can it be possible that a whole year has passed by since the last newsletter? I fear it can, and my huge apologies for this - all I can say is that it has been a very busy year!
This newsletter will give you an update on the progress of building works at the mill, and introduce you to our brand new shiny Education and Events Officer, Liz Vowles, who has been taken on to whip us into shape. Her remit is to create and deliver a really interesting and exciting programme of events at…Continue
Posted by Mo MacLeod on October 12, 2012 at 12:18
The waterwheel suddenly stopped working last night which was caused by the failure of the historic cast iron shaft that transfers the power to the gearbox. This is a serious blow and will not be easy to repair so the wheel will be off for a while. We are investigating solutions to the problem at the moment, but cannot unfortunately make the best use of all this rain at the moment.
Posted by David Mann on June 12, 2012 at 22:30
Howsham Mill is opening for pre-arranged events only.
Clay Oven Building Weekend, 1st and 2nd June - see Events for details.
Please contact email@example.com if you would like to make a booking for a group or school visit. How to get to Howsham Mill
Donations towards our Diana Fund for the new Diana statue are still very welcome!
Progress reports on the restoration are now available to view
Check the photos for the mill without scaffolding, 18/04/13
The Howsham Mill Project - funded by
On a tiny island in the River Derwent at Howsham, North Yorkshire, stands a Georgian watermill. Howsham Mill dates back to c.1755 and is attributed to John Carr of York, more famous for designing Fairfax House in York, and an extension to Castle Howard stables. In 1965, a Royal Commission for Historic Monuments inspector, James Williams, described the Mill as "...a building of the maximum historical interest as a very early example of gothic Revival style…" and "...of great architectural interest as it is a very rare example of the gothic Revival style as applied to a functional building. (I cannot find reference to a similar example, eg watermill)…".
Sadly, despite its Grade II listing, years of vandalism and neglect have taken their toll and the Howsham Mill Project now aims to rescue the building before it becomes irreparable.
The project is threefold:
1. Restoration of the Mill building as far as possible back to its original state externally, for use as an environmental study centre promoting renewable energy and local history and wildlife. It will also be available for use as a community venue for local people.
2. The reinstatement of the waterwheel will again harness the power of the river, but rather than driving millstones, this time will generate electricity.
It is the Trust’s aim to make the building totally self-sustaining for the 21st century using revenue from power sales to fund future restoration and conservation work at the site.
3. Preservation of the existing natural environment including protection of peripheral cover for otter. Development of a management plan which will allow increased public access to, and ensure the future maintenance of this unspoilt area of woodland.
All of this we believe can be achieved with the absolute minimum of visual and physical impact on the existing environment. It is in no way the Trust’s intention to encourage large numbers of tourists to descend on such a peaceful part of the country – rather to provide improved access and facilities for local people whilst making a small contribution towards reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, using technology from the past to create ‘cleaner’ energy for the future.
Within the Mill’s walls, we hope to house a permanent exhibition about renewable energy and its importance for the twenty-first century along side conservation information relating to the Site of Special Scientific Interest in which the Mill stands.
The location of the Mill would also lend itself perfectly to being a wild-life hide.
The resource centre would cater only for pre-arranged limited-number groups from schools and other interested bodies who would be dropped off at Howsham Bridge and then walk the short distance to the island via the existing public footpath. Local people would also be encouraged to use the space as a Community Centre for meetings and functions.
Clearly none of this will be undertaken without full ecological surveys being carried out, and permissions granted from all relevant authorities.
The Renewable Heritage Trust is a registered charity, and is currently fundraising to meet the costs of this restoration.
In order to keep these costs as low as possible, we hope to find volunteers to help but obviously there will be aspects which require professional assistance.
If you feel you have any relevant skills, ideas for fundraising or just the enthusiasm to help us rescue this glorious building, we would love to hear from you!
The Renewable Heritage Trust