Castleford’s Queen’s Mill project gets help from Wakefield Council grant

​Date: 24/03/2016
Ref: PR 8200

Refurbishment plans for one of Castleford's important historic buildings have been given a significant boost by Wakefield Council.

A £50k grant has been awarded to Castleford Heritage Trust for the restoration of Queen's Mill on Aire Street.

It is expected that the grant will enable the group to secure additional match funding to restore the Victorian water wheel. When complete it could potentially generate electricity as part of a hydro power facility to provide sustainable energy for the entire Mill.

The water wheel was a 20 foot diameter piece of iron and timber Victorian engineering and turned six mill stones using water from the River Aire. During its peak it powered the world's largest stone-grinding flour mill but has been out of action since the 1970s.

Castleford Heritage Trust are aiming to regenerate the Mill into a high quality community facility for local people and visitors from across the region. The building will provide heritage and arts spaces, skills training, cultural industries, studios, workshops and business, retail and catering opportunities.

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council said: "Queen's Mill is an iconic Castleford building and an important part of our town's history.

"The Trust is working hard to bring Queen's Mill back into use as a community facility and also as a cultural destination. We have a real opportunity to showcase our heritage to attract new visitors, businesses and jobs into our town.

"I am very proud of Castleford and am pleased that we are able to support the project to enable them to secure further funding."

Alison Drake, from the Castleford Heritage Trust said: "I am delighted that Wakefield Council is supporting Castleford's heritage. The grant will help us to try and secure match funding which will enable our refurbishment plans to progress."