Caroline Flint MP visited Limestone Mill, a fully restored mill at Limestone Hill Farm on the outskirts of Tickhill, this week.
Imelda and Duncan Dewar, gave Ms Flint a tour of the mill, which was restored with the help of grants from Natural England and DEFRA.
Said Caroline: “The mill, one of the last water powered corn mills in South Yorkshire, has clearly been a labour of love for Imelda and Duncan Dewar. They are determined to preserve this valuable industrial heritage on our doorstep, a monument to a by-gone age before coal and industrialisation. What is wonderful about Limestone Mill is that alongside the physical restoration, the family have conducted historical research to establish the history of the mill.
“I am delighted that the last Government and Natural England were able to support this venture, which sits alongside the grants for land management to encourage good environmental stewardship and biodiversity on our farmland.
“It is one of the sad aspects of the age of coal that the working from the Maltby Colliery led to the silting up of the waterway, ending the power that kept this mill grinding corn for over a century.”
Said Duncan Dewar: “We thought it was wonderful that Caroline was so interested in what we have done to restore the mill, and we were overwhelmed that, despite being a very busy MP, she found the time to come to look around.”
Said Imelda Dewar: “Caroline is obviously someone who shares our interest in local history. That Caroline was able to stay for an hour and forty minutes showed her genuine enthusiasm for the project.”
The work was completed earlier in 2012. The Mill is now open to visitors by arrangement. Contact Imelda Dewar: 07956 133972