High Corn Mill Blog


celebrate-christmas-at-skiptons-high-corn-mill-with-a-sleighselfieSkipton’s medieval High Corn Mill is inviting seasonal shoppers to take part in its Christmas competition for a bit of festive fun.

From December 1 up to Christmas Eve visitors to the 14th century mill are being encouraged to take a selfie with the sleigh in the building’s courtyard and share it online. Pictures will be entered into one of two categories: 14 and under, and over 14s.

Said owner, Andrew Mear: “This year we wanted to do something different and with smart phones and social media being such a big part of everyday life, we thought a selfie competition would be a great way to help get families into the Christmas spirit.”

All entrants need to do is upload their selfies onto Twitter using the hashtag #sleighselfie and tag @akapr1 before December 25. The two winning photos will be announced in January 2017. The winner of the under 14s will get a prize from The Present Planners in Craven Court and the over 14s will receive a voucher for Tom Sexton, a beauty salon based in the mill.


andrew-mear-by-hcm-waterwheelFamily-owned businesses, Eagerlux and San Pedro Properties have been voted as one of Yorkshire’s top three property developers to put commercial space to inspiring use.

The Yorkshire Post’s ‘Excellence in Business Awards 2016’ recognised that the Halifax-based companies had completed some of the most imaginatively repurposed buildings in the region. Examples included Skipton’s medieval High Corn Mill, the town’s historic High Street House and the Old Woollen Mill in Batley.

Said Andrew Mear, md of both Eagerlux and San Pedro Properties which were started by his father and are now run with his brothers:“We were delighted to have been shortlisted from hundreds of entries to the final three. That in itself is an incredible achievement and a recognition of the work we do on properties across West Yorkshire, which we try to redevelop both imaginatively and with the environment very much front of mind.”

The Yorkshire Post awards, which first started in 2006, aim to highlight and celebrate the strength of the region’s business community and are open to firms and companies of all shapes and sizes. Winners were announced at an awards night on November 4.

Eagerlux and San Pedro Properties have a multi-million pound property portfolio in and around Yorkshire, including Skipton’s medieval High Corn Mill which it bought in 1991. Since then the company has made over £2 million worth of investments and improvements to the mill. Earlier this year it acquired it’s latest historic building – High Street House – which is also in Skipton.


andrew-mear-outside-hcmOne of Skipton’s most historic buildings, High Corn Mill, has retained its accreditation as a VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction for the second time running.

The prestigious recognition means that the mill has been rigorously assessed by the VisitEngland quality team including; car parking, cleanliness, the website, and the overall maintenance and appearance of the building, to ensure it adheres to a number of strict guidelines set out by the body.

Said Andrew Mear, owner of High Corn Mill: “I am delighted that we’ve been awarded accreditation for a second time. High Corn Mill is a great attraction that can be enjoyed by all the family – hopefully our accreditation from VisitEngland will encourage more people to come along to the mill and Skipton.

“The Waterwheel House, located in the centre of the building, is a must see and shows visitors the inner workings of the giant water wheel and water turbine, as well as discover how it generates power for the building and properties nearby.”


The heron at Skipton’s High Corn Mill. https://vimeo.com/187309418


Maria Birkett and Lou Burns of eshoesBringing the latest in shoe fashion, visitors to Skipton High Street can now browse its latest shop opening, eshoes, which opened in June.

Adding to the wide range of fashion outlets in Skipton, eshoes is a dedicated shoe shop on Skipton High Street.

Opening in High Street House, eshoes, owned by Maria Birkett, follows the success of Maria’s first store which is based in Colne.

Eshoes brings styles from across the world and offers big brands such as Dr Martens, Toms, Irregular Choice, Iron First, and Ruby Shoo. The original eshoes store has been trading in Colne for three years and online for eight.

Said Maria: “We’re excited to be opening a store in the beautiful historic town of Skipton. There is such a mix of people of different ages and tastes. I’m pleased we’ll be bringing them the latest in shoe fashion and feel confident we will accommodate their different styles and needs.”

Family run eshoes has seven employees and its opening hours are: 9:30 – 17:00 Monday to Saturday and 10:00 to 16:00 Sunday.

Said Andrew Mear, landlord of High Street House: “It’s exciting to see confidence returning to Skipton’s High Street – it’s great to welcome independent retailers into the area.”


The view from High Corn Mill for Skipton Cycle Races.



Batley MillOwners of Batley’s recently renovated Old Woollen Mill, San Pedro Properties and Eagerlux, have signed up not-for profit social housing management organisation, Fusion Housing.

The family-owned property company invested £300,000 into the mill to transform the top floor into 15 one-bedroomed affordable flats. It will now move on to converting the rest of the mill.

Eagerlux and San Pedro Properties md Andrew Mear applied for planning permission three years ago and it was granted at the end of 2014. Said Andrew, whose family business owns a wide portfolio of properties across West Yorkshire: “Thirty years ago when my father first bought the mill he considered converting it into affordable housing but decided against it due to limited demand.

“We felt that the time was right to make that move. There’s a real shortage of affordable housing and we wanted to cater for that market. Now that Fusion Housing has agreed the management of the top floor we are now looking to convert the rest of the mill.”

Kirklees based Fusion Housing is a housing charity that assists individuals within the area who are experiencing housing related problems. It offers housing legal advice, an employment and learning service, floating support for single people and single parents, a bond guarantee scheme, resettlement into the community scheme for ex-offenders and a refuge service. It has a managed tenancy scheme offering low level supported accommodation. It also has a furniture recycling scheme which is free to access for its clients.

Said Irena Andrew of Fusion Housing: “We were very impressed with Andrew’s vision and plans for the mill and had no doubt that it would be ideal for Fusion’s clients. Andrew is very keen to give something back to the community and create opportunities for people who have had a tough start in life.”

Andrew Mear is the md of property development company, Eagerlux Ltd. His father and two brothers are directors of the company. Eagerlux’s portfolio holds a selection of historical buildings across the region, including Skipton’s medieval High Corn Mill, www.highcornmill.co.uk


Owner of Maud's House Hattie CrookA new independent lifestyle store, Maud’s House, has opened in Skipton’s medieval High Corn Mill this month.

The shop, owned by Hattie Crook and named after her great grandmother, will offer a selection of contemporary homewares and gifts, including lighting, small furniture, exclusive prints and cards – bringing the best of Danish and Dutch design to the Dales.

Originally from Blackburn, Hattie’s first retail business venture was inspired by her and partner Jonathan Shackleton’s background in design and illustration.

Said Hattie: “I wanted to bring Maud’s House to Skipton to offer local families the chance to buy something different. The mill’s location is perfect, being just a stone’s throw away from the award winning High Street and is host to great parking facilities – meaning it’s easily accessible for all our customers.”

It will stock brands including Hilda Carr, House Doctor and Papio Press as well as showcase some of the best of UK designers and illustrators.

Said Hattie: “We love Skipton and can’t wait to immerse ourselves into the local community as well as sharing the things we love with the general public.”

Maud’s House opening hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, and 11am – 4.30pm Sundays. It is also available online at www.maudshouse.co.uk from June 10.


Sam Wall - Owner of Wall To Wall Shoes A new fashion outlet, Wall to Wall Shoes, has launched in Skipton.

Continuing in the footsteps of the previous tenant, Wall to Wall Shoes has opened at Seven Victoria Square where the famous Beryl’s Shoe Shop was for many years selling fashionable, quality ladies footwear.

The family run business, owned by Sam Wall offers a wide range of brands such as Aspiga – which has an ethical ethos to address poverty issues in other countries like Africa and India – Cara, Karika, Rieker, Josef Seibel and Caprice with more brands to come next season. The shoes are sourced from various countries including Germany, Italy and Spain and accommodate different tastes and styles.

Said Sam: “I have always loved visiting Skipton because of its diversity and its unique character. I couldn’t think of a better location to open my first shop.”

Wall to Wall Shoes opening hours are: 9:30 – 16:30 Monday to Friday and 9:30 – 17:00 on Saturday.

Said Andrew Mear, landlord of Victoria Square: “It’s great to see a new shoe shop opening in where one of Skipton’s most renowned shoe shops used to be. It’s a busy shopping area of Skipton so I’m pleased that Victoria Square will continue to have a fashion outlet to offer visitors.”


Did you see High Corn Mill featured on the BBC’s One Show as Dom Littlewood visited Skipton to discuss Skipton BID?

In case you missed it, here is a link to the piece… http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03qb24l

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