Raindale Mill – turning once more

York Castle Museum’s Raindale Mill has finally seen some dramatic changes, writes Geoff, one of our regular museum volunteers

Over the last year it has been opened by volunteers.  They have been opening it up to the public after the mill grounds had been closed for over 5 years.

Since then, funding has been sourced and work finally started on making it all work again.

Last month saw the old axle been removed and a new one put in – with the net axle the mill can be operational. It currently does not grind grain but this will be coming up in later stages of the mill development.

The next stage will come after the summer holidays. This will involve the changing of the area around the mill. The current plans for the mill area are situated inside the mill and open for discussion.

You can find out more by downloading our information leaflet, which tells you how you can have your say on the plans.

Raindale Mill wheel can currently be seen turning most Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 1pm – but please phone and check before visiting as work on the mill is still in progress and it may not always be possible for it to be seen in action, especially in poor weather conditions.


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