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Help save historic mill

Posted: 19th December 2016

Dating back well over a thousand years, Winchester City Mill in the heart of this medieval city has weathered the course of time. Until now.

The ancient mill – the oldest working watermill in Britain, restored back to full working order in 2004 after decades as a youth hostel – suffered huge damage during the heavy floods of 2014. When the National Trust assessed its condition, many of the beams making up its supporting timber frame in the basement were found in a very bad state of decay.

Emergency propping has now been installed to provide support to the building, but the Trust needs to raise £150,000 by June to carry out the essential repairs to this much-loved building, or it may have to close. To help raise funds, the charity will be hosting events and special moments over the coming months, including a launch weekend at the beginning of February with lots of activities.

In the meantime, the Trust hopes to continue milling fresh stoneground flour every week for visitors and local retailers to buy, alongside monthly seasonal baking demonstrations.

To find out more visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/winchester-city-mill or call 01962 870057.