Landmark gets special honour

At the Little Marton Mill Blue plaque unveiling. Left to Right Shirley Mathews, Coun Luke Taylor, Joan Humble (Chair of Civic trust), Carl Carrington (Head of Heritage), Coun Christine Wright, Coun Adrian Hutton.
At the Little Marton Mill Blue plaque unveiling. Left to Right Shirley Mathews, Coun Luke Taylor, Joan Humble (Chair of Civic trust), Carl Carrington (Head of Heritage), Coun Christine Wright, Coun Adrian Hutton.
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One of the Fylde coast’s best-loved landmarks has been recognised for its historical value at a special plaque unveiling.

Councillors and residents unveiled a blue plaque at Little Marton Mill in Marton.

The plaque recognises the mill’s historical value to the area, having been built more than 150 years ago.

Among those at the ceremony included Geoff Pope, a member of The Friends of Marton Mill.

He said: “The mill is already a Grade II-listed building, but this has been done with the support of Blackpool Civic Trust and Blackpool Council.

“It recognises the impact the mill has had in the area. It was done with the help of the civic trust and Joan Humble, so we must thank them.”

Little Marton Mill was built in 1838, on the site of a previous mill.

It was renovated in 1987 at a cost of £88,000 and in 1983 was named a Grade II-listed building by English Heritage.

Ann Allen, chairman of The Friends of Marton Mill, said the blue plaque honour was great news for volunteer Shirley Mathews, who helps to open the mill throughout the year. She added: “Shirley saw her dream come true when Clifton ward councillors Luke Taylor and Adrian Hutton unveiled a blue heritage plaque on the windmill.

“Shirley has worked for many years promoting the Grade-II listed building which is also a memorial to her grandfather, local author Allen Clarke.”

The next public open day is on Sunday, April 26.

For further dates go to www.littlemartonwindmill.org.uk