Chapel Mills set for conversion despite appearing on Heritage At Risk list

Daily Echo: New lease of life for historic mill New lease of life for historic mill

A BUILDING used to store ships’ biscuits for the Royal Navy during the American War of Independence and the Napoleonic Wars is to get a new lease of life.

Chapel Mills, at American Wharf, features on English Heritage’s Heritage at Risk register for 2011, published today.

Yet owners the Turnstone Group want the landmark building on the Itchen riverfront to return to the heart of the community.

Plans are in place to restore the site and convert it into housing and office units, which would see people living and working at the site, off Marine Parade, again.

Built in 1781, Chapel Mills was the third steam mill ever to be constructed in England. Now, it is the last early generation steam mill of its kind in the country.

It supplied the Royal Navy with ships’ biscuits during the American War of Independence and then the Napoleonic Wars. Now, with the steam mill, bakehouse and grain store still intact, it is the last example standing.

Kevin White, historic environment team leader at Southampton City Council, said: “Chapel Mills is an outstanding building which reflects the importance of Itchen waterfront to the city. We are delighted with the proposals to convert the building sensitively to residential use. We hope it will kick-start the regeneration of the whole waterfront area.”

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1:19pm Wed 19 Oct 11

StEmmosfire says...

ECHO, please supply a photo and map on google so I can understand where and what this building is.
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It sounds interesting but I havent a clue about it.
ECHO, please supply a photo and map on google so I can understand where and what this building is. . It sounds interesting but I havent a clue about it. StEmmosfire
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1:56pm Wed 19 Oct 11

Carl Young says...

Yes, please do.
Yes, please do. Carl Young
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3:51pm Wed 19 Oct 11

glisglis says...

try elm street just up from st marys stadium
try elm street just up from st marys stadium glisglis
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4:35pm Wed 19 Oct 11

StEmmosfire says...

glisglis wrote:
try elm street just up from st marys stadium
Thanks, I understand the article now. Yes that building has always caught my eye but I have never known the significence of it.
[quote][p][bold]glisglis[/bold] wrote: try elm street just up from st marys stadium[/p][/quote]Thanks, I understand the article now. Yes that building has always caught my eye but I have never known the significence of it. StEmmosfire
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5:34pm Wed 19 Oct 11

fuzzyfelt says...

great news it at the end of my road ...hope it is sensative tho
great news it at the end of my road ...hope it is sensative tho fuzzyfelt
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6:55pm Wed 19 Oct 11

Rob444 says...

It's good to hear that someone is interested in preserving part of Southampton's rich heritage.

This must be one of the most historically interesting towns in the country, but the Council isn't rally interested in promoting this aspect of what is FAR more than just a shopping, drinking and student place.
It's good to hear that someone is interested in preserving part of Southampton's rich heritage. This must be one of the most historically interesting towns in the country, but the Council isn't rally interested in promoting this aspect of what is FAR more than just a shopping, drinking and student place. Rob444
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