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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 05:10 GMT 06:10 UK
Old mill is restoration contender
Howsham Mill
Local residents want the mill to become a community amenity
A 250-year-old water mill is among buildings earmarked for repair in a new series of BBC TV's Restoration.

Howsham corn mill in North Yorkshire was built in about 1755.

The building - now vandalised and roofless - was designed for both practical and ornamental purposes as a workplace and a landmark.

Redundant since 1947, the building has recently become a focus for local people, who are looking to create a community space and educational centre.

Standing on an island, the square Grade II corn mill was constructed to use the fast-running water of the River Derwent, as well as to provide an attractive landscape feature which could be glimpsed from nearby Howsham Hall.

Viewers will be asked to vote for the mill to be short-listed as a candidate for restoration in the new series of the programme, to be broadcast in the next few weeks.

The intention is that it will be self-financing by generating electricity from its own restored water wheel.


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