Eskdale Mill & Heritage Trust plans a major restoration of its corn mill at Boot, a Grade 2* listed building and the last working water mill in the Lake District National Park.
Copeland Community Fund often acts as an “enabler” for projects looking to bring in major funding from other national funders such as Heritage Lottery Fund.
From funding awarded of £5,000 in July 2015 additional development funding of £67,000 was secured from Heritage Lottery Fund to help the Trust progress plans to apply for a full grant in 2016.
The Mill’s irreplaceable buildings are in urgent need of repair, including partial re-roofing and reinstatement of water-damaged walls. The full project will conserve the mill and miller’s cottage, and restore the original machinery to full working order.
If further Heritage Lottery Fund funding is secured, as well as building work, there will be a programme of activities for visitors and children, a group of volunteers will be recruited, and a new resident custodian will be appointed when building repairs have finished in 2018.
Working locally with the National Trust and the National Park Authority, the Trust will offer guided walks and a wide range of activities for all.
Paul Pharaoh, Chair of Eskdale Mill & Heritage Trust said, “Eskdale Mill is a fascinating place which could be at the heart of what the Eskdale valley has to offer to visitors. Ten years ago, local people did a great job in securing the mill’s future as an attraction open to the public. Now it is time to move on to the next phase of the water mill’s long life, by conserving the buildings and improving presentation of its story. We are absolutely delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund and Copeland Community Fund are supporting us to make this possible.”