Restored mill nominated for national Angel Award

BEFORE AND AFTER: Howsham Mill, left, before its restoration, and right, back to its former glory and generating electricity for the National Grid

BEFORE AND AFTER: Howsham Mill, left, before its restoration, and right, back to its former glory and generating electricity for the National Grid

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THE team behind the transformation of an abandonned water mill in Ryedale are looking forward to a glittering awards ceremony celebrating the work of dedicated heritage volunteers.

Howsham Mill has been shortlisted in the "Best rescue of an industrial building" in the Angel Awards, which were set up by Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2011 to celebrate the efforts of individuals and local groups all over the country who put hours of hard work, passion and perseverance into saving vulnerable, damaged and derelict historic landmarks from being lost forever.

Howsham Mill has been restored back to its former glory using traditional methods and backed by the Renewable Heritage Trust, and its new waterwheel has been supplying energy to the National Grid since 2010.

English Heritage's Planning Director for Yorkshire Tammy Whitaker said: “The Angel Awards shine a light on the thousands of people who make up England’s heritage champions. Sometimes with the help and expertise of bodies like English Heritage, but sometimes by just going it alone they save our nation’s heritage.

"The passion, perseverance and imagination of the volunteers that worked so hard to get an 18th Century mill to supply electricity, are an inspiration to us all. Their dedication and determination ensures that together we can secure the future of sites highlighted on English Heritage's At Risk register.”

The Angel Awards shortlist was announced on Wednesday, August 20, and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Palace Theatre in London on Monday, November 3, hosted by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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10:24am Wed 27 Aug 14

Grumpy Old Man says...

What is it with the Press and Ryedale? You don't refer to villages in Harrogate or Selby council areas as 'in Selby' or 'in Harrogate' but (because your reporters don't know their area?) you regularly resort to anywhere in Ryedale District Council area as 'Ryedale'. For your information,RYedale DC is named after the dale of the River Rye, which rises near Hawnby, just north of Helmsley, and ends when the Rye runs into the River Derwent, just north-east of Malton. Howsham Mill is on the River Derwent.
What is it with the Press and Ryedale? You don't refer to villages in Harrogate or Selby council areas as 'in Selby' or 'in Harrogate' but (because your reporters don't know their area?) you regularly resort to anywhere in Ryedale District Council area as 'Ryedale'. For your information,RYedale DC is named after the dale of the River Rye, which rises near Hawnby, just north of Helmsley, and ends when the Rye runs into the River Derwent, just north-east of Malton. Howsham Mill is on the River Derwent. Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: -2

11:33am Wed 27 Aug 14

yuggoth says...

Me and my 3 month old puppy visited the mill a while ago and were shown around by a very nice gentleman. Saw how the restoration had gone and had a look at the generating gear, was interesting. Some lads were flying a quadcopter and there was a family having a barbecue at the fire pit. All very pleasant.
Recommend anyone to have a visit here.
Me and my 3 month old puppy visited the mill a while ago and were shown around by a very nice gentleman. Saw how the restoration had gone and had a look at the generating gear, was interesting. Some lads were flying a quadcopter and there was a family having a barbecue at the fire pit. All very pleasant. Recommend anyone to have a visit here. yuggoth
  • Score: 3

12:51pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

I've been there, it's brilliant and the staff are all friendly, informative and helpful.
An amazing and very worthwhile transformation, I hope they win.
I've been there, it's brilliant and the staff are all friendly, informative and helpful. An amazing and very worthwhile transformation, I hope they win. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 3

6:47pm Wed 27 Aug 14

welf_man says...

Thank you, Yuggoth and Buzzz - glad you enjoyed your visits!

Just to say that we only have one part-time member of staff (thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund) so almost everyone you meet up there will be one of our wonderful team of Trustees and volunteers, whose never-ending efforts help make the Mill the very special place that it is.

If you would like to vote, please go to the English Heritage website and follow the link in "Latest News" to the Angel Awards page.

Mel Fox
Acting Chair
Renewable Heritage Trust
Thank you, Yuggoth and Buzzz - glad you enjoyed your visits! Just to say that we only have one part-time member of staff (thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund) so almost everyone you meet up there will be one of our wonderful team of Trustees and volunteers, whose never-ending efforts help make the Mill the very special place that it is. If you would like to vote, please go to the English Heritage website and follow the link in "Latest News" to the Angel Awards page. Mel Fox Acting Chair Renewable Heritage Trust welf_man
  • Score: 1

12:34pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Pinza-C55 says...

I've never been there but it looks like money well spent. In my youth I saw so many buildings like this falling to pieces in the countryside. Glad this was saved.
I've never been there but it looks like money well spent. In my youth I saw so many buildings like this falling to pieces in the countryside. Glad this was saved. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 1

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