‘Game changing’ renovation work to begin at historic mill
Wakefield Council has awarded a £900,000 grant to Castleford Heritage Trust (CHT) so it can begin renovation work at Queen’s Mill, in Castleford.
The grant is part of a £23.9m allocation from the Government’s Town Fund, secured by the council for regeneration of Castleford town centre.
This ‘Town Deal’ allows the council to deliver the first phase of its regeneration programme which aims to realise a vision to rediscover Castleford as a distinctive riverside market town.
Wakefield Council explains the mill is a building of local importance and a prominent reminder of Castleford’s industrial past. CHT believes it to be the world’s largest stone grinding flour mill, with flour still produced on site today.
The grant aims to ensure Queen’s Mill can act as a key destination for the local community, facilitating events and functions, providing workspace and offering a unique home to businesses.
Councillor Denise Jeffery, leader of Wakefield Council, said: “At present, the condition of this landmark building restricts its use.
“Through grant support we will change that, unlocking the building’s potential as a key community asset which sits in prime position alongside the town’s greatest natural asset – the River Aire.”
Lorna Malkin, chief executive of Castleford Heritage Trust, said: “This funding is a game changer and will allow us to take the mill to the next level as a community destination.
“The trust has been pleased to work with Wakefield Council over the past few years as they have developed the Town Deal programme. We fully support the exciting plans for both the riverside and the wider town and look forward to playing our part in making them a reality.”
Work is expected to start at Queen’s Mill this year and be completed in 2025.