Shrewsbury's industrial history

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A guided walk covering some of the industrial history of Shropshire's county town.

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This is a guided walk lead by Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings' volunteer and local historian Penny Ward. It will start at St Julians Friars (specific joining instructions will be sent) and head around the river loop through Castlefields ending at the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, exploring the industrial history of the area.

The walk is free, is about 1.5 miles long and will take around an hour and a half to complete. There is some overlap with the Castlefields walk and be advised that some steps are involved. Donations are appreciated. The Visitor Centre at the Flaxmill Maltings will be closed.

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Organiser Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings

Organiser of Shrewsbury's industrial history

The Friends of Flaxmill Maltings (Friends) were formed in August 2010 in response to the public consultation and growing interest and enthusiasm for the development of the Flax Mill Maltings amongst the community. Our Vision is that:

 The Flaxmill Maltings is brought back to life at the heart of the community.

 The Flaxmill Maltings is a unique and internationally important site, containing seven listed buildings including the first cast-iron framed building in the world along with the 3rd and 8th. Located in the heart of one of Shropshire’s most deprived communities, in 1985 the buildings became derelict and this important industrial heritage is ‘at risk’.

 The Friends have made these important historic buildings accessible so that organisations, groups and individuals can explore, learn, participate in and enjoy the unique and varied heritage. We run tours of the site and special interest events and activities including our annual open weekends in May and September each year, which attract up to 2,500 visitors. Our thriving Arts Group is engaged in a range of community orientated initiatives including working with local schools and colleges. There has always been a tremendous enthusiasm to explore and learn more about the Flaxmill Maltings history. Our Archives and Research group explore the lives of those people who worked or were connected with the Flaxmill Maltings. Initial school visits began in 2010 as a result of pupils’ curiosity about the scaffold covered main mill building.  Our education team are developing opportunities for formal and informal learning for all age ranges.

 

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