Marsh Mill Needs Friends

Memory Lane: Marsh Mill, Thornton  from one of  the car parks with Tesco Express to the left and the rear of some of the shops and offices to the right.
Memory Lane: Marsh Mill, Thornton from one of the car parks with Tesco Express to the left and the rear of some of the shops and offices to the right.
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THIS landmark is described variously by heritage champions as “the most invisible building on the Fylde coast”, “the most unloved local building” and “historically one of the most important in the North West”.

This is Marsh Mill, Thornton, (below) in the 1940s, with buildings on the right including the blacksmiths shop and the wheelrights.

Marsh Mill, Thornton, the buildings on the right include the blacksmith's shop and the wheelright's in the 1940s

Marsh Mill, Thornton, the buildings on the right include the blacksmith's shop and the wheelright's in the 1940s

Right up to date, the same view of the windmill can be seen (above) from the residents’ car park at the rear of the shops and apartments that can now be found at Marsh Mill Village.

What would the miller have made of the 24 hour cash machine at the rear of the Tesco supermarket, in the shadow of Wyre’s Grade II listed icon?

And what would he think about the state of repair?

The mill is manned by volunteers at weekends and Bank Holidays, but will be opening its doors for a very special meeting on Monday, September 24 at 7pm.

And Memory Lane readers would be most welcome at this gathering of like-minded people who are keen to establish a Friends Group for Marsh Mill.

One of the organisers, Margaret Croker, says: “We and others see the need to bring this invisble heritage treasure into the public’s awareness. The strength of a Friends Group could set a pattern for the future and anyone who lives within reach is welcome to come along with their ideas and support. At the meeting a steering group will be elected to take the Friends forward.”

The meeting will be chaired by Michael Brightman, who has an interest in historic buildings. Guest speaker will be Dick Gillingham, an enthusiastic local historian who is a Fleetwood Museum trustee and a founder member of the Friends of Fleetwood Museum.

*Interested readers should contact Mrs Croker at m.croker@zen.co.uk or on (01253) 777950.