Grant will pre­serve a her­itage site for years

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

A HIS­TOR­I­CALLY im­por­tant wa­ter­mill is close to land­ing a grant for con­ser­va­tion and restora­tion.

Sacrewell Farm and Coun­try Cen­tre’s 18th cen­tury wa­ter­mill has made it through the first round of bid­ding for a Her­itage Lot­tery Fund grant of £78,500.

It is hoped the Wil­liam Scott Ab­bott­trust, which owns and runs the cen­tre, will be able to use the money to con­serve and re­store the mill so it can be used as an ed­u­ca­tional re­source and a source of en­joy­ment for the com­mu­nity.

Mike Rooney, gen­eral man­ager of the farm, said: “All the staff and vol­un­teers at Sacrewell are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to re­ceive sup­port from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund to se­cure the fu­ture of the wa­ter­mill.

“We have al­ways known the build­ing is a vi­tal re­source, not only to the site but to the com­mu­nity. It is def­i­nitely an undis­cov­ered trea­sure.

“The wa­ter­mill is one of only a few sur­viv­ing ex­am­ples and if it had been al­lowed to fall into dis­re­pair, or even to cease work­ing, it would have been a mas­sive loss to the com­mu­nity.

“This fund­ing will help pre­serve the wa­ter­mill for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to dis­cover and en­joy.”

As­sum­ing the final plan is suc­cess­ful, the site will be saved for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and will be­come a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for wa­ter­mill-based train­ing.

And a hy­dro­elec­tric gen­er­a­tor will be in­stalled in dis­used build­ing to demon­strate old and new meth­ods of us­ing water for power gen­er­a­tion and pro­vide clean en­ergy.

im­pressed: Pupils at the Duke of Bed­ford Pri­mary School, Thor­ney, were im­pressed by Peter­bor­ough MP Ste­wart Jack­son. (METP-27-04-12AS023) Picture: ALAN STORER.

his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant: The wa­ter­mill at Sacrewell Coun­try Farm is one of the last of its kind in the coun­try.

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