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Dains Mill, Staffordshire Moorlands

About the Project

Avalon Heritage Ltd were commissioned by the owners of Dains Mill to undertake a Heritage Statement in support of a planning application for the variation on a planning permission, originally granted by the Peak District National Park Authority in 2006. The change of use was to allow the owners to sell the property on the open market for sale as a residence as the costs needed in further restoration of the barns for holiday lets was prohibitive. We were delighted for the owners when permission was granted for sale of Dains Mill on the open market.

The purpose of the Heritage Statement was to establish the historic and architectural significance of Dains Mill and to propose that its long term conservation needs to be assured through a viable use.

There are records of a mill being present in the vicinity of Dains Mill as far back as the 13th century though the current Dains Mill site probably dates to the beginning of the 17th century when it was built by the Gent family on Back Brook to the north of the hamlet of Upper Hulme. The mill was in continuous use until 1946 when severe damage caused by flood resulted in it ceasing operation and falling into dereliction.