St Cross Mill, St Cross Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight

BUILDING OF THE MONTH - MAY

St Cross Mill is an almost complete survival of an early 19th Century mill, with some late 19th Century machinery.  There are thought to be earlier remains of a previous monastic mill at basement level.

The buildings have immense character and charm.  The main mill building is of red brick with a steeply pitched roof.  Adjoining it is a single storey wing which has been altered but appears to be a portion of an earlier mill.   Inside, the remaining machinery includes an iron breast shot wheel though without its paddles and a great spun wheel.

The condition of the buildings is reported as poor due to the lack of maintenance which could lead to the loss of significant historic fabric.  A comprehensive scheme is needed to make the necessary repairs and move towards finding a more permanent solution to the current issues. There are no current applications for planning permission or listed building consent.  While clearly involving extensive work, it is possible that a residential scheme could create a really exceptional building whilst preserving the history of this fascinating site.

For sale via Gully Howard www.gullyhoward.com.  Unconditional offers are invited for around £125,000.