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Take a virtual look inside Thornton’s historic Marsh Mill

Marsh Mill Published Tuesday, 08 September 2020

Marsh Mill, the 226 year old working mill in Thornton-Cleveleys, is inviting visitors to take a virtual tour of the historic building to discover its hidden secrets.

Available on the Wyre Council website, viewers can learn how the mill originally operated as well as some little known facts.

The windmill, built in 1794, has been unable to open to visitors due to the narrow quirks of the building making social distancing difficult.

But now, visitors are invited to take a virtual step inside the historic Grade Two* listed building.

The film is part of Wyre Council’s ‘Rediscover Wyre’ campaign, giving residents and visitors the chance to rediscover the charm of Wyre’s attractions during the pandemic. The tour has been delivered by Tom Halstead; a long-time volunteer guide of Marsh Mill.

Tom commented, “A tour of the mill normally takes about 45 minutes because there is so much to see and tell people about, but this is a great chance for anyone that hasn’t had the opportunity to visit the mill to take a quick behind the scenes tour of how the mill was originally used.

“The mill being closed has been a blow to the volunteer guides who enjoy showing it off and meeting new people, so when the opportunity came along to do the tour, I jumped at it.”

Marsh Mill has stood for 226 years after being commissioned by Bold Fleetwood Hesketh. It has much of its original machinery and is the most complete example of a windmill in the North West. These facts have earned the mill a Grade Two* listed title.

Tom Halstead added, “I hope many visitors will be able to return soon, but this tour gives people the option to take a look inside safely whilst we’re unable to reopen.”

To watch the virtual tour of the mill, visit www.wyre.gov.uk/marshmill 

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