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One of Skipton’s oldest landmarks, the 14th century High Corn Mill, situated at the entry to Skipton Woods, has enjoyed record visitor numbers.
The best ever summer for more than a generation ensured visitor numbers to the historic attraction were up a massive 40%.
Said Andrew Mear, md of High Corn Mill: “The great weather brought people out in their droves this summer, so it has been wonderful to see so many people taking advantage of High Corn Mill’s free attractions. Indications are that visitor numbers are up 40%, a fantastic boost to the whole area which also features the entrance to Skipton Woods.”
Built in 1310, the mill was originally established by Robert de Clifford to grind corn for the castle and the town. After being purchased by the Mear family in 1990, High Corn Mill took on its most recent incarnation as home to a portfolio of independent shops and businesses.
The ancient water wheel which once powered the mill’s grinding stones, now the focal point of the free visitor attraction, can still be turned using a special handle. Sat alongside it, Eller Beck now powers a carbon neutral water turbine which generates enough energy to supply all the businesses within the mill, plus the surrounding residential areas. The mill also features several industrial artefacts and an exhibition about its 700 year history.

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