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Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

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opening 10 September 2022


Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings changed skylines around the world forever.

Situated just outside Shrewsbury town centre, the internationally important Flaxmill Maltings reflects a time when Shropshire led the way in engineering. The site is home to eight special buildings each with a unique story to tell, including the 1797 Main Mill which is the world's first iron-framed building and known as the grandparent of skyscrapers.

The Main Mill first opened in 1797 as a purpose-built flax mill. Since then, the site has grown and been repurposed and adapted many times. It was a maltings from 1897 to 1987, a temporary army barracks during the Second World War, and today, under Historic England’s ownership, it continues to evolve as a workspace and a place to celebrate and explore the past.

When open, there will be an exciting new exhibition, called The Mill, as well as a fantastic cafe and shop. From its pioneering beginnings and crucial role in the industrial revolution, to the campaign to save and repurpose it for future generations to enjoy, when the site re-opens in September 2022 you too will be able to experience the incredible journey of the grandparent of skyscrapers.

It's anything but run-of-the-mill.

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