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Date published: 5th December 2017

A project to buy and refurbish ‘At Risk’ Grade II* Listed Sutton Mill and establish a Heritage Centre and the National Milling and Millwrighting Academy could be given a crucial boost through a loan from North Norfolk District Council.

The loan was recommended for approval at the council’s Cabinet meeting on Monday 4 December. A meeting of the Full Council will make the final decision. If agreed, the loan would be repaid over a period of eight years.

The money is a key part of the funding jigsaw being put together by the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).

The National Millwrighting Centre CIC (a not for profit community interest company) has been set up to take the project forward, which would end up creating:

  • The UK’s National Academy for Traditional Milling and Millwrighting, which will train up to five professional and volunteer millwrights at any one time.
  • A commercial millwrighting workshop to service the mills of East Anglia and beyond.
  • A permanent physical presence for traditional mills and milling from which to reach a new audience to promote and protect national traditional milling heritage.
  • A new Heritage Centre including a commercial working windmill, holiday accommodation, an artisan bakery and artisan bakery school, a shop, café and workshops.

The loan will enable the CIC to complete the site purchase and cover stamp duty, legal fees, insurance, improvements to site security and some work to improve electrical safety and commissioning of essential services. It will also enable them to make an immediate start on urgent repair work on the mill.


Last updated: 5th December 2017