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Works set to restore mill’s historic façade

Published on 11 July 2017

THE FAÇADE of a former textile mill in Leicester’s historic heart is to be fully restored, thanks to a grant from the Greyfriars Townscape Heritage Initiative.

Timber sash windows will be reinstated, brickwork will be repaired and modern cabling and alarm boxes will be removed as part of works to restore the frontage of the three-storey Victorian building at 25 Millstone Lane.

Decorative brickwork and the building’s date stone – showing it was built in 1900 – will also be carefully cleaned.

A grant of £114,000 from the Greyfriars Townscape Heritage Initiative – made possible by National Lottery players – will help fund the building’s restoration, with the works due to be completed in September.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The Greyfriars area contains many of Leicester’s historic and architectural treasures and this building is no exception. 

“Reinstating the timber sash windows that the mill would have had when it was built, and carefully restoring the decorative masonry, will greatly enhance the façade of this landmark property.

“It is vital that we continue to invest in celebrating the area’s heritage and realising its huge potential. We are already seeing renewed business interest in the area, with substantial funding available to property owners to bring about lasting improvements to buildings.”

The former mill – on the corner of Millstone Lane and Marble Lane – is now student flats, but the Townscape Heritage Initiative team are keen to find out more about the building’s history.

Project officer Sophie Noon said: “We know that the building was originally a textile mill, but we’d like to learn more about its history.

“If anyone has information about the building, or about the people who lived or worked there, we’d love to hear from them.”

Anyone with information about the history of the building is invited to email the project team at greyfriarsthi@leicester.gov.uk

The Greyfriars Townscape Heritage Initiative is a £1.6million scheme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Leicester City Council.

Over a five-year period, the project will help restore and regenerate at least 20 of the most historically important buildings in the area to the south of Leicester Cathedral. So far, eight buildings have benefitted from the scheme.