Restoring the Mill

Published - January 14, 2009 1:31 PM

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This Mill dates back to 1724 and has all the original machinery including two sets of millstones, original scales, and historic artifacts and bygones from the day. The building is on three floors and has an attached bakery which stopped production in the 1950s this is now our house. The following photographs are ongoing of the restoration of this historic mill. although it is being converted to holiday conversion I am dedicated in preserving its history with everything on display.  

The top photo shows the mill and adjoining bakery (now our house), you can see that the roof is bowed this is due to all of the sacks of grain hoisted up from the ridge beam over many years. At some point about 30 years ago the slates were re-laid to the bow of the roof, I intend to leave the roof as it is and strengthen the timber from inside and insulate with a spray on foam which will also act as a waterproof barrier.



The 2nd photo shows the ground floor when we first arrived.




In this photo I have just knocked through two new window openings to get light into the new bedroom. The walls are three feet thick and the lime had calcified which made it like knocking through concrete. The ground had to be excavate outside to get light to these new window openings.





The floor had to be re-laid as I had to install a membrane and insulation to meet building regulations.









The next two photos are of the existing 1st floor.








Scaffolding had to be installed as the gable had to be re-built  as an oak beam across the 1st floor windows had decayed which made the gable unsafe.






The gable is propped with timber from the inside to stop it falling inwards. Now to remove it brick by brick!.




I was very relieved at this point because the gable could have came down in one lump as it was so unstable. I think that the render had just held it together enough.  





This photo shows the existing lean to removed and the new floor slab installed which will become the Kitchen.








These next three photos are of the 1st floor joists which had to be re-leveled after the gable was re-built. They had dropped by over a foot (300mm).












If you look closely at this photo I found a mummified cat when I lifted the wooden vats off the mill stones. It probably chased a mouse and got stuck as the gap got narrower and narrower, it must have been there for years. 





 The stair case to the 2nd floor is finally being installed.






Now to re-point all the walls with lime mortar.








These two photos show a tanking membrane being installed to the walls which are below ground level. It works by allowing any water to run down the back of the membrane to a drain installed below the floor.







The remaining walls are being repaired with haired lime plaster.










Insulation being applied to walls and ceilings.










 These two photos are on the ground floor (nearly finished!)








This photo is the 1st floor which will be the living room, I just have to enclose the Mill machinery with glass.




And finally this photo is of the 2nd floor which will be the main bedroom with en-suite.




The completion photos will be on the Mill home page soon. Thanks for looking at these renovation pictures.