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Historic silk mill secures lottery funding

It's one of only four working silk mills in the country

A historic silk mill in Hampshire has secured £1.7 million lottery funding to carry out urgent repairs.

The grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will see Whitchurch Silk Mill's bell tower, roof and wheelhouse restored.

The Grade II listed Georgian building is the only working silk mill in Britain which is open to the public, and only one of four working silk mills in the country.

Essential conservation to the winding, warping and weaving machinery will also be carried out so the mill can continue to produce silk.