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Flaxmill Maltings Visitor Centre

Flaxmill Maltings Visitor Centre

Spring Gardens, Ditherington


Shrewsbury flaxmill maltings visitor centre is now closed to the public until Spring 2022


Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings is the first iron framed building in the world and is proudly known as the "grandfather of all skyscrapers", despite being only 5 storeys tall. 

Currently, it is owned by Historic England and is undergoing a multi-million-pound restoration. There are plans to transform this grade one listed building into offices, commercial space, a cafe and a state-of-the-art interpretation centre.

The Flax Mill's architect was Shrewsbury wine merchant and surveyor Charles Bage. He designed the fireproof mill using an iron frame, in correspondence with William Strutt of Derbyshire. In November 2015, the Friends opened the doors to their new state-of-the-art Visitor Centre for the first time. Housed in the renovated Office and Stables thanks to grants from Historic England and the ERDF the facility brings together for the first time interpretations of the mill’s role in the industrial revolution and the pioneers who made it happen, including:

•    details on how flax was processed, from the field to the end product, which includes a myriad of items from ship sails to playing cards.
•    the impact of the building’s revolutionary iron frame on the world of architecture
•    details of the mills machinery and technology
•    working conditions at the mill, including child labour
•    the change of use from flax mill to Maltings 
•    details of the malting process
•    the other long gone flax mill in Castlefields
•    the role of the old canal and the importance of Shropshire pioneers in the industrial revolution

There is also a short animated film that visitors can watch which charts the history of the building and its people, as well as well as oral history recollections of people who worked at the Maltings and who were barracked there during the last war.

Apart from the displays and interpretation, there is also a meeting/learning room, with a projector and interactive whiteboard, and a study and research space.

In addition, the funding has provided for the demolition of the South Silo and the creation of valuable public open space for use by the Friends along with landscaping and much-improved parking facilities.

Bookable Guided tours will be available on weekends in the Summer - please refer to the website for details.  Group tours are possible at other times by arrangement as are illustrated tours off-site – please email.

The Friends are also recruiting volunteers to help with the manning of the Visitor Centre. They are asking for people who are able to commit to at least a half day each month. If you’re interested in helping please contact them on [email protected].

Flaxmill Maltings Visitor Centre is a member of the Shrewsbury Tourism Association,

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