Drapers Tour the Flax Mill

Alastair Godfrey of Historic England escorted three tours of Drapers and friends around Shrewsbury Flax Mill Maltings. In January 2017 Historic England launched a campaign to raise the final funds required to restore the Grade 1 listed Main Mill and the Grade2 listed Kiln. Credited with being the first skyscraper in the world its planned to create a new centre for Shrewsbury housing learning and commerce. Enormous progress has been made with restoring the building to the very highest conservation standards. 15000 new Welsh slates from Penrhyn Quarry have been used on the roof and now the scaffolding has been removed and the windows opened up, the magnificent exterior has been revealed.

The next phase of the development will include the full fit out of the interior. A fully accessible interpretation centre will enable local people, visitors and school groups to learn about the site's history, ensuring the continuation of education and learning activitieslong into the future. Four floors of commercial space will make the Flaxmill a new business hub for creative industries, ensuring the site has a sustainable future.

Although significant funding (£28m) has been raised by Historic England they are seeking to close the remaining gap by asking Shrewsbury residents to consider becoming a Patron of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings and make a vital difference to delivering the final conservation works.



Vacancies in our Almshouses occur from time to time and we currently have a ground floor, one bedroom apartment at Drapers Place shortly becoming available. If you would like to register your interest please complete our Application Form and we will contact you. Details of the accomodation are on this website - look under Almshouses and  Drapers Place