Howsham Mill

Restoring the past to create a future

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Latest Activity

Jennifer Wakefield updated an event

Easter Half Term - Crafts at Howsham Mill

April 12, 2014 at 1pm to April 13, 2014 at 4pm
Easter Creativity starts on Saturday (12th) with Norton Wildlife Watch who are teaming up with two local artists for a day of crafty frivolity (1pm-4pm). £2.50 per person. On Sunday (13th) normal opening applies (11-4pm) with an addition of Easter Crafts. See More
Apr 10
Jennifer Wakefield updated an event

Easter Half Term - Crafts (Part 2) at Howsham Mill

April 19, 2014 at 1pm to April 21, 2014 at 4pm
Join us on the Easter Weekend for a series of craft activities as well as a "Wind in the Willows" themed Easter Egg Hunt on the Sunday (20th) & Monday (21st). 19th - 1pm-4pm 20th-21st - 11am-4pmSee More
Apr 10
Jennifer Wakefield commented on Jennifer Wakefield's event 'Drawing Class'
"This course has been cancelled. "
Apr 7
Jennifer Wakefield posted events
Mar 23
Jennifer Wakefield updated an event
Thumbnail

Book Making at Howsham Mill

June 28, 2014 from 10am to 4pm
Paper Making (Part 2) This is the second part to the paper making workshop with Catherine Scriven — this week you will be making a book with your paper from the week before.  (Maximum 12 People) The cost of this workshop is £10. To book please email Jen Wakefield on jw.howshammill@gmail.com or go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/book-making-tickets-10449575963See More
Mar 23
Jennifer Wakefield updated an event
Thumbnail

Paper Making at Howsham Mill

June 21, 2014 from 10am to 4pm
Catherine Scriven invites you to have a go at making your own paper. This is the first part of two sessions which will enable you to learn how to make paper and the following week make it into a book.  (Maximum 11 people) The cost of the workshop is £10. To book please email Jen Wakefield on jw.howshammill@gmail.com or go to: …See More
Mar 23
Jennifer Wakefield updated an event
Thumbnail

National Mills Weekend at Howsham Mill

May 10, 2014 at 10am to May 11, 2014 at 4pm
National Mills weekend is the annual festival of our milling heritage and provides you with a fantastic opportunity to visit mills, many of which are not usually open to the public. Come down to Howsham Mill to learn about its history and how it is used today. Talks will take place at 12.30 each day. The "Mills in Art" competition will also be taking place this weekend, so come along and try evoking your artistic side with Howsham Mill as your muse. See More
Mar 23
Jennifer Wakefield updated an event
Thumbnail

Mosaic Making -Sue Kershaw at Howsham Mill

April 26, 2014 from 10am to 4pm
Discover the materials and craft of making mosaics using the direct method while creating your own indoor mosaic. Books and resources, including websites and sources of materials will be provided for reference. Cost is £15 (9 spaces left)See More
Mar 23
Jennifer Wakefield updated an event
Thumbnail

Quilting Workshop at Howsham Mill

June 14, 2014 from 10am to 4pm
Join us at Howsham Mill for a quilting workshop run by Belinda Noda and Leonie Willett. You will have the chance to help us make a Howsham Mill Community Quilt as well as well as your own. As it’s the time of the Summer Solstice, there will also be a chance to make a lavender heart using dried lavender. (Maximum 12 People) - See more at: …See More
Mar 23
Jennifer Wakefield updated an event
Thumbnail

Quilting Workshop at Howsham Mill

May 4, 2014 from 10am to 4pm
Join us at Howsham Mill for a quilting workshop run by Belinda Noda and Leonie Willett. You will have the chance to help us make a Howsham Mill Community Quilt as well as well as your own. As it’s a May Day Celebration, there will also be a chance to make some Green Wheels, using old bicycle wheels, weave sticks, grasses collected greenery and fabrics to make a beautiful wheel to take home. (Maximum 12 People) To book please email Jen Wakefield at jw.howshammill@gmail.com or go to:…See More
Mar 23
Jennifer Wakefield posted an event

Family Forest Day at Howsham Mill

April 5, 2014 from 10am to 5pm
Join us at Howsham Mill for Family Forest Day this Easter holiday. Enjoy a wonderful day outside with your children this Easter holiday having fun and learning some simple bushcraft skills together in the idyllic setting of Howsham Mill.Our Family Forest Day kicks off at 10 with fun forest games, then our Forest School leader will show you how to whittle some simple musical instruments from natural materials (all supplies provided). Bring along your packed lunch and we will go on a bearhunt -…See More
Mar 21
Jennifer Wakefield shared their event on Facebook
Mar 16
David Mann is attending Jennifer Wakefield's event
Thumbnail

Climate Week at Howsham Mill

March 8, 2014 at 1pm to March 9, 2014 at 4pm
Howsham Mill is taking part in this years Climate Week Challenge. Throughout the week our Education Officer will be working with local schools to complete the challenge. Their efforts will then be displayed at the Mill on the weekend of the 8th/9th.8th - 1pm - 4pmCome to the mill to find out what local schools have been up to during Climate Week. Have a go at the challenge yourself.9th - 11am-4pmOn the Sunday we will be combining the previous days activities but also including some talks and…See More
Mar 8
Jennifer Wakefield updated an event
Thumbnail

Climate Week at Howsham Mill

March 8, 2014 at 1pm to March 9, 2014 at 4pm
Howsham Mill is taking part in this years Climate Week Challenge. Throughout the week our Education Officer will be working with local schools to complete the challenge. Their efforts will then be displayed at the Mill on the weekend of the 8th/9th.8th - 1pm - 4pmCome to the mill to find out what local schools have been up to during Climate Week. Have a go at the challenge yourself.9th - 11am-4pmOn the Sunday we will be combining the previous days activities but also including some talks and…See More
Mar 7
Jennifer Wakefield commented on Jennifer Wakefield's event 'Willow Weaving - Chickens'
"This course is now SOLD OUT"
Mar 4
Claire Kennard might attend Jennifer Wakefield's event

Mosaic Making -Sue Kershaw at Howsham Mill

April 26, 2014 from 10am to 4pm
Discover the materials and craft of making mosaics using the direct method while creating your own indoor mosaic. Books and resources, including websites and sources of materials will be provided for reference. Cost is £15 (9 spaces left)See More
Feb 12
Carrie Akass is attending Jennifer Wakefield's event

Mosaic Making -Sue Kershaw at Howsham Mill

April 26, 2014 from 10am to 4pm
Discover the materials and craft of making mosaics using the direct method while creating your own indoor mosaic. Books and resources, including websites and sources of materials will be provided for reference. Cost is £15 (9 spaces left)See More
Feb 12
Jennifer Wakefield posted events
Feb 12
Profile IconClaire Kennard and ros are attending Jennifer Wakefield's event

Bread Making through the Ages at Howsham Mill

February 22, 2014 at 11am to February 23, 2014 at 4pm
Join us for an investigation into the history of bread making and how flour was made at Howsham Mill. See More
Feb 11
Stephen Richard Pickering might attend Jennifer Wakefield's event

"Where do you think you are" - History of Howsham Mill at Howsham Mill

February 16, 2014 from 11am to 4pm
Join the Howsham Mill team as we investigate the history of the Mill. See More
Feb 11

Blog Posts

February Half Term Activities - This Weekend

Join the team at Howsham Mill for a variety of Half Term Activities. 

Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd Feb- "Making bread through the Ages". This is a chance for young and old to explore the history of bread making from its early origins up-to the industrialisation of Corn Mills. There will be multiple activities for people to participate in - even making your own bread! 11-4pm each day

Each days sessions will be as…

Continue

Posted by Jennifer Wakefield on February 19, 2014 at 11:29

AGM Newsletter

January/February - Howsham Mill Newsletter

The Story of the Build

Many of you will have by now visited the mill and seen that it is fully restored.  Work started last summer on 11 June 2012.  The first task was to get all the scaffolding and heavy items to the…
Continue

Posted by Jennifer Wakefield on January 11, 2014 at 19:30

Restoration progress

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

Posted by Stephen Richard Pickering on April 10, 2013 at 21:40 — 1 Comment

October Friends Newsletter 2012

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

Waterwheel shaft broken

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

Members

Forum

Support our Diana Fund 1 Reply

Started by Liz Vowles. Last reply by Liz Vowles Apr 2, 2013.

What would you like to see at the Mill?

Started by Liz Vowles Nov 8, 2012.

HERITAGE HEROES

Started by DENIS DUNSTONE May 23, 2012.

 

Photos

Loading…
  • Add Photos
  • View All

Live WebCam Feed

 

 

 

 

 

News

Delighted to announce our official website is now live:

www.howshammill.org.uk 

PRESS COVERAGE from the York Press about our Diana Statue, and here

 

Now you can buy green electricity generated at Howsham Mill!

Did you know that you can choose to buy the green electricity produced from Howsham Mill by signing up with LOCO2 Energy
on 0845 074 3601 or email at info@loco2energy.com
http://www.loco2energy.com/
Please mention Howsham Mill when you sign up as they will then make a donation to us as well.

LOCO2 Energy
Single Rate
£5.46 per month
10.28pence per unit

Economy 7
£5.46 per month
Day Rate 11.03 pence per unit
Night Rate 5.77 pence per unit


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
Treebeards Cottage
Main Street
Westow
York  YO60 7JS
01653 619712 or 07880 341914

Website: howshammill.org.uk

Find us on Facebook and Twitter

 
 
 

© 2014   Created by David Mann.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service