A photograph of a restored five storey brick mill.
The Main Mill at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings © Historic England

The story

Welcome to the home of the grandparent of skyscrapers.

The Main Mill at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, with its pioneering iron frame, is the building that launched a thousand skylines. It is one of eight listed buildings on site.

The Main Mill opened in 1797 as a purpose-built flax mill. Since then, the site has grown and been repurposed and adapted many times. It was a maltings from 1897 to 1987, a temporary army barracks during the Second World War, and today, under Historic England’s ownership, it continues to evolve as a workspace and a place to celebrate and explore the past.

Work to restore the Main Mill and Kiln will finally end in 2022 when we will welcome you to visit, eat, work, learn and enjoy everything this amazing place has to offer.

The transformation of this internationally significant site couldn’t have happened without the partners and funders. But the journey doesn’t end here, with four more incredible buildings to restore, and plans for housing on the land around the site. 


We need your help to maintain, restore and bring the Flaxmill Maltings buildings back to life.

A photograph of an ornate iron flower and frame.
Detail view of the restored coronet on the Jubilee Tower. © Historic England

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