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Lost mill painting returns home
Eskdale Mill by William Stone
The water-damaged painting has now been restored
A lost painting of one of Britain's last-surviving examples of a rare medieval mill has returned to its Cumbrian roots.

William Stone's 19th Century picture of Eskdale Mill has now been restored after being brought from the US.

A Colorado-based dentist donated the artwork after matching it to the real two-wheel mill at Boot in the Lakes.

The painting, thought to be worth about 1,000, will be presented to the Eskdale Mill and Heritage Trust.

It had suffered some water damage and was restored with a grant from Cumbria County Council.

Councillor Roger Bingham, cabinet member for cultural activities in the county, said: "The painting provides an important visual link with Eskdale Mill's past and the council is proud to have played its part in returning it to the county."

The mill is one of the only medieval two-wheel mills left in the Britain, according to the council.

Records show that milling has taken place on the site for more than 500 years and the present group of buildings is at least 300 years old.

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