Open day at former flour mill in Sheffield

L-R Gaynor Wilson, Kate Levick and Catherine Beatty and Lucie Laycock
L-R Gaynor Wilson, Kate Levick and Catherine Beatty and Lucie Laycock
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Former flour mill workers in Sheffield are invited to an open day at their old place of work in the city.

Aizlewood’s Mill will be open to the public on Friday, July 10 to mark the International Day of Cooperatives.

L-R Gaynor Wilson, Kate Levick and Catherine Beatty and Lucie Laycock

L-R Gaynor Wilson, Kate Levick and Catherine Beatty and Lucie Laycock

The mill on Spitalfields, close to Wicker, was Sheffield’s first co-operatively owned and run workspace when it was bought for £1 in 1990 and restored by the Sheffield Co-operative Development Group and opened by then Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, 25 years ago this week.

Built on the site of Sheffield Castle’s garden, the mill is a Grade II listed building with offices rented to dozens of small and medium sized businesses.

Staff, tenants, councillors and former flour mill workers are invited to celebrate the anniversary and history of the building on Friday, July 10.

Mill manager Catherine Beatty said: “We would love anyone who has had an association with the mill, whether a former tenant, fire warden posted on the roof in the Second World War, corn mill worker who used the non-health and safety conscious Paternoster man-lift or local historians interested in the mill’s history to join us for the celebrations from 11am to 3pm on Friday 10 July with a BBQ on the cleared cobbled car park right in front of the mill.

“There will be fun and games all for a good cause - Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

“My team is also happy to offer show-rounds and talk about the mill’s history.

Aizlewood’s Mill was designed by William Flockton for John Aizlewood, who was a Rotherham miller and one of Sheffield’s most significant businessmen of his time.

It was built in 1861 alongside Sheffield’s first railway which carried grain from the cornfields of Lincolnshire and remained under the control of the Aizlewood family until 1962 when the business was sold to Associated British Foods.