Sacrewell Mill brought back to life
After months of restoration and conservation work Sacrewell Mill, near Wansford, Peterborough, will be grinding wheat once more and open to the public.
Originally built in 1755, but with the site dating back to Roman times, the interpretation work inside the mill includes a timeline of events that affected Sacrewell’s rich history, from the Domesday Book to the Tudors.
Visitors will be able to meet the miller and baker, and use technology to interact with the Land Army Girls who ran the farm during the Second World War.
Mill project officer Jane Harrison says the £1.8 million project, part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the William Scott Abbott Trust has been be a huge boost to the community.
“We have been incredibly fortunate to meet and interview the people who lived and worked at Sacrewell before the mill closed commercially in the 1960s,” she explained.
“Using their stories and our own knowledge through the trust’s archives, we have brought the mill back to life.”
Sacrewell will now be heavily relying on the skills of people in the community as volunteers, who will be gardening, wearing period costume and maintaining the 18th-century grade II* building.
Jane said: “With the current mill building being more than 250 years old, we have concentrated the interpretation on the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, using the character of the mill to tell its own story as only it can.”