The Ditherington Flax Mill is one of Shrewsbury’s most important buildings. Constructed in 1796 as the spinning works of Marshall, Benyon and Bage it later became the Maltings and as the first wholly iron-framed building in the world, is the great-grand-daddy of New York’s mighty skyscrapers.
Throughout the 1990s it was left empty and decaying, and various ideas for regeneration have been and gone, most failing due to a lack of private sector investment. Now it is in the hands of Historic England in partnership with Shropshire Council and Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings. Let’s hope its future is secure.
Paula’s (Lost in Translation) challenge this week is Traces of the Past
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Interesting facts. I like the decorative elements at the top. A nice architectural detail.
Great piece of history.
That crowned tower is gorgeous. Can’t you just imagine this building beautifully restored and repurposed?! I too hope it is successful!
It certainly deserves to be restored given its heritage. Next time I am up there I shall have to go and see what they have done.
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