Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire History & Archaeology
Wednesday, 2 January 2013
Event - Campaign to reuse mill gets kickstart (Millhouses)
A CAMPAIGN to bring a historic mill site back to life kicks off with a traditional event this weekend.
fight to restore the 1,000-year-old building in Millhouses Park,
Millhouses, Sheffield, is being led by the park’s Friends group.
Saturday campaigners are hosting a Wassail – usually celebrated on the
12th night of Christmas – with a quiz, auction, carols and hot food in
nearby pub The Waggon and Horses.
Money raised will help bring the building back into use.
Jane Bradley said: “The idea behind the Wassail was the fact that the
traditional festival dates back to Anglo Saxon times around 1,000 years
ago and that a mill has been on the Millhouses site for around the same
time, so it seemed quite fitting to tie the two together.”
Millhouses was named after the old corn mill, which was first fuelled by water from the River Sheaf.
The Friends of Millhouses Park are working with Sheffield Council on the project and nearly £130,000 has been secured so far.
Work has already started on the small building to make it secure after a four-year battle to save it from destruction.
But another £9,000 needs to be raised to make it weatherproof and so it can eventually be used by the community.
Brighton, Friends’ secretary, said: “These buildings have huge
historical significance and we have fought tirelessly to save them from
being knocked down.
“We hope we can bring these buildings back to life and start the next part of their history in Millhouses.”
cost £5 each or £15 for a family ticket and are on sale from The Waggon
and Horses or Perfectly Dressed on Abbeydale Road.
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