We are delighted to announce that on the 4th October 2017, the National Millwrighting Centre CIC agreed terms with GCC Developments Ltd to acquire Sutton Mill, Norfolk.
Sutton Mill will be the home of the National Milling and Millwrighting Academy, dedicated to protecting and promoting the skills and traditions of millwrighting and stoneground milling by training millers and millwrights.
Our Vision is to create a thriving, financially self-supporting Academy and Heritage Centre which secures the skills required to repair, maintain and run traditional mills for the long-term. The Heritage Centre, which will comprise a bakery, the working mill, cafe and shop specialising in local food products, will be an important community facility and a ‘must visit’ tourist attraction for the region, forming a hub from which visitors can tour Norfolk’s unique milling heritage.
The Centre will draw its ethos and context from the historic Grade 2* listed windmill and the focus will be on marketing a high quality, sustainable and ecologically sound establishment in keeping with its stunning rural location.
The National Millwrighting Centre CIC has been formed to deliver this project and is supported by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and North Norfolk District Council.
It is hoped that the project will create:
- The UK’s National Centre for Traditional Milling and Millwrighting, a scheme which will train professional and volunteer millwrights
- A commercial working millwrighting workshop to service the mills of East Anglia with, it is hoped, a direct working relationship with the Norfolk Mills and Pumps Trust (an organisation with 21 mills in Norfolk in their care)
- A permanent ‘physical’ presence for traditional, mills and milling from which to reach a new audience to promote and protect our national traditional milling heritage
- A location for complimentary organisations to run residential courses covering a wide range of topics and subjects
- A new Heritage Centre – a regional tourist attraction comprising:
- A commercial working windmill
- Holiday accommodation in the form of 10 Shepherd Huts for rent
- An Artisan Bakery and Artisan Bakery School
- Shop and Centre for Local Food
- A Café with up to 50 covers
- Opportunities for community engagement and volunteering
Learn more about how you can get involved here