High Corn Mill Blog


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


Andrew outside High Street HouseFamily-owned property development business, Eagerlux, has invested in another of Skipton’s historic landmarks, High Street House.

The building, which has been an integral part of Skipton since Victorian times, is situated on the town’s award-winning High Street. It consists of five retail units with attractively refurbished offices on the first and second floor.

Eagerlux owns a portfolio of properties across the town 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. It also owns properties in Victoria Square and across the wider West Yorkshire area.

Said Eagerlux md, Andrew Mear: “Skipton is a fantastic town with so much character and it’s such a friendly place. I love that so many of its original features are still intact – that’s a large part of what makes Skipton such a great place. I believe in the town and that it will continue to be one of the Yorkshire Dales’ most loved tourist attractions. With this new investment I hope I can contribute further to the success of the town.”

Skipton’s High Street House was built in the 1860’s and originally used as a jewellery shop. The town was recently named by the Sunday Times as the best place to live in the UK, and won High Street Of The Year in 2008.

For more information on office and retail space to let in High Street House please call 01756 748100 or visit www.westlakeandco.co.uk.


Andrew Mear outside High Corn MillOne of Skipton’s most historic buildings, High Corn Mill, has entered 2016 with a bang.

As new tenant Slimming World opens in the last available unit, the building is now fully let taking the total number of businesses within the mill up to 13. And with over a hundred people working within the mill it’s at its highest employment level ever.

High Corn Mill is owned by family business, Eagurlux, a property company managed by md, Andrew Mear. The company bought the mill in 1991, and has since made over £2 million investments and improvements. This includes restoring the medieval waterwheel and turning it into an educational tourist attraction with The Water Wheel House.

As part of an environmental initiative, a water turbine was installed over six years ago which, alongside the restoration of the original waterwheel, generates power for the building and surrounding properties.

Said Andrew: “It’s great to see the mill so alive and busy with such a mix of businesses. Some of the tenants have been in the mill for many years and it’s great to see them grow and also exciting to see new businesses come in.

“2015 was a busy year at the mill. Just Teachers and Sexton & Co expanded, Eagurlux bought the established Home Company and moved its showrooms, AKA PR had a complete refurb, and three new businesses moved in.”

Slimming World opened its doors on December 28 making it the first branch in the UK to rent a permanent office. It has 300 members and hopes its new base will encourage more people to join.

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.


Lorraine Forshaw owner of the V.SQ bar 2A new bar, 1 Victoria Square (V.SQ) has come to Skipton, specialising in gin, high end spirits and champagne. It will officially launch on January 2.

The family owned bar, just off Skipton’s historic High Street and opened by Lorraine Forshaw, has created 11 jobs and has sourced its bespoke interiors and food from local suppliers. It will be introducing meat and cheese platters alongside its carefully selected drinks. The bar also offers gin, wine and whisky tasting sessions as well as being available for private hire.

Lorraine who is from Thorlby, near Skipton, said: “This is the first bar I’ve opened and it’s been great to get such a warm welcome from local residents and lots of positive feedback. We’re open for the holidays as a soft launch but will be officially opening on Saturday January 2 and welcome all to come and see V.SQ.”

Although Lorraine is now permanently based in Dubai, V.SQ’s operations will be managed by daughter Aimee Forshaw. The bar side will be managed by Tom Grummett who has a background in hospitality.

Landlord of 1 Victoria Square, Andrew Mear, said: “It’s great to see this space being used for something completely different and I believe it is going to add a new dynamic to Skipton’s social scene.”

The bar’s opening hours are Monday – Friday 12.00pm – 11.00pm and Saturday – Sunday 12.00pm – 12.00am.


The Holden Stove Company team outside High Corn Mill  Dave Kirkman Simon Holden Emma HoldenThe Holden Stove Company, specialists in stoves and fireplaces, has relocated to one of Skipton’s most historic buildings, High Corn Mill.

Originally opened in Station Works Cononley in 2012, the company specialises in Jotul and Scan fireplaces, which are considered the ‘Rolls Royce’ of stoves.

Co-owner and founder Simon Holden, from Ilkley, has worked in the industry for nearly 20 years offering customers a wealth of knowledge and expert advice. He said: “High Corn Mill is the perfect location for our brand and the type of business that we want to grow. With easy access parking and being just off the High Street, we couldn’t be happier.”

Simon and his team offer a free estimation service for any installation in any property within a 30 mile radius of Skipton, as well as services and free advice on chimney safety.

The Holden Stove Company employs three people; Simon Holden as senior installer and sales director, Dave Kirkham as senior stove installer and Emma Holden as administration and accounts.

Situated in the heart of Skipton and just a stone’s throw away from the High Street, High Corn Mill has been an integral part of Skipton’s life for over 700 years with records dating back to 1310 and once formed part of the castle’s property. The mill’s offering for the 21st century is somewhat different to 700 years ago – educational fun and a selection of independent shops plus hair and beauty establishments.

The store’s opening times are Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm and Saturday 10.00am – 3.00pm. For more information on services and products please call 01756 794839 or visit www.holdenstoves.com


High Corn Mill's Operation Christmas ChildSkipton’s High Corn Mill is collecting shoeboxes this November in aid of The Samaritan’s Operation Christmas Child. It will be the only drop off point in the town.

Contributions of shoeboxes filled with a variety of small gifts, can be dropped off The Home Company, based in the 14th century mill on Chapel Hill, from November 1 to November 30.  The operation run by Samaritans Purse will ship off all donations to disadvantaged children all over the world.

Said Andrew Mear, owner of High Corn Mill: “We wanted to give the children in need something special this Christmas. It is simple, easy and will have a positive impact on a disadvantaged child’s life. Please join us this November by donating your shoebox.”

All shoeboxes should be wrapped, ideally lid and box separately in colourful wrapping paper. The donation should clearly state if the gift is for a boy or girl and the age category: 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. Fill it with wow items such as; a cuddly toy, school supplies, hygiene items or small items of clothing.

Situated in the heart of Skipton and just a stone throw away from the High Street, High Corn Mill has been an integral part of Skipton’s life for over 700 years with records dating back to 1310 and once formed part of the Castle’s property. The mill’s offering for the 21st Century is somewhat different to 700 years ago – educational fun and a selection of independent shops and hair and beauty establishments.

For more information on Operation Christmas Child please visit: www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

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