Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings is Re-Crowned - Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings
Ornate ironwork including three gilt flowers surrounded by scaffolding boards.
The Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings coronet is back in place © Historic England

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings is Re-Crowned

31 January 2020

Please note, this release was written before Covid-19. The opening date for Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings is now 2022.

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings’ cast iron coronet has been put back in place following vital repairs.

Ornate ironwork including three gilt flowers surrounded by scaffolding boards.
The Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings coronet is back in place © Historic England

The iconic coronet, which is the highest point of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, was added in 1897 to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. After 123 years in place it was in urgent need of repair.

Ornate rusting ironwork against a blue sky.
The coronet before its restoration with the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings pigeons © Historic England

A crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds needed to restore it was launched by Historic England last year. The campaign was successful in raising almost £11,000, and Historic England secured the remaining costs of the conservation work to the coronet from patrons and individuals.

Thank you to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and everyone who donated.

After its removal in May last year, the coronet was taken to Shrewsbury-based specialist metal conservation workshop, Heritage Project Contracts. There it underwent months of painstaking work to repair it; fractured ironwork was re-stitched, missing and decayed decorative elements were recreated, and it was re-painted.

Part of the ornate ironwork of the jubilee crown laid out on a work bench.
Coronet ironwork during the restoration process © Historic England

The cast iron crown was carefully reassembled and reinstalled on the highest point of the Flaxmill this January, but before it was put back in place school children from St Peter’s Primary School in Wem had a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Pupils from the north Shropshire school were the first to see the coronet when it came back from the conservation workshop, and got to take turns ‘wearing’ the gilded crown which is now sitting at the very top of the coronet – something that very few can claim to have done.

Seven kids pose for a photo in front of two adults who are each holding a gilt coronet element above their heads, like two crowns
Children and staff member from St Peter’s Primary School in Wem. Also pictured; Alan Mosley, Chair of the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings is once again proudly wearing its crown, it looks amazing, and we are so pleased that this Shrewsbury icon has been saved for future generations to enjoy.

We’d like to say a special thank you to The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the individuals and patrons who donated and made the restoration of the coronet possible.

Historic England is actively fundraising to close a £1 million funding gap and we have managed to raise nearly 90% of this target. If you would like to show your support and donate, please contact the Philanthropy team at [email protected]. Together we can save a remarkable piece of Shropshire’s history.

Gilt coronet on top of the Jubilee Crown ironwork
Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings is re-crowned © Historic England

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