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21st November 2011

The history and restoration of Gayle Mill, just outside Hawes in Wensleydale, will be the subject of a talk by Angela Leathley at Ripon Civic Society’s meeting on Thursday 1 December.

Angela has recently carried out research into the history of the mill on behalf of the Friends of Gayle Mill and the Gayle Mill Trust. She has incorporated her research into the changing fortunes of the mill over two centuries into a new edition of her book ‘The Gayle Mill Story’ which gives a vivid account of the people who influenced the Mill, how it adapted to the developing technology of the time and the role it played in providing work in Upper Wensleydale.

Now owned by the North East Civic Trust and operated by the Gayle Mill Trust, the project to save the mill was a finalist in the BBC’s ‘Restoration’ series in 2004. Its fascinating history includes its original purpose as a cotton mill and subsequent uses for flax and wool spinning, as domestic premises and military quarters, as a saw mill and a generator of electricity.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘The history, saving and restoration of Gayle Mill provide a fascinating insight into our past and into how we can breathe new life into old buildings, We are very much looking forward to Angela’s talk on this special place.’

The meeting takes place at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall in Victoria Grove, Ripon, and starts at 7.30pm. Non-members are welcome, and pay £2.00 for the evening.

The first talk in 2012 will take place on Thursday 5th January, when Chris McDade, Head of Ripon Cathedral Choir School will talk about Cathedral Choir Schools.

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