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Friends of Gayle Mill

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Gayle Mill in Hawes, North Yorkshire is a grade 2 listed saw mill dating back to the 18 century. The mill has now been restored and is open to the public and is a key visitor attraction in the Yorkshire Dales.

The Friends of Gayle Mill is a volunteer organisation. The objective of this society is to advance the promotion, appreciation, support and improvement of Gayle Mill through the activity of a group of Friends

To date the Friends have organised many fund raising events and social events since formation in 2003. This has funded new equipment for wood cutting, a wood drying kiln, restoration of a three legged crane and rack saw bench at the mill.

As a joint venture with Gayle Mill Trust the Friends funded the research and re-writing of the Gayle Mill Story, to provide an accurate account of the history of the mill.

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Gayle Mill was built as a water powered cotton mill in the late 18th century then converted to a saw mill around 1879, replacing the old water wheel with a water turbine to drive new Victorian machines installed to support the woodworking operations which ran until 1988 when the mill closed after over a century as a saw mill.

These machines and turbines are now fully restored and demonstrated on tours by the Gayle Mill Trust, a volunteer group, who run and mange the mill on behalf of the current owners the North East Civic Trust. The mill is open throughout the year for tours and heritage skills training courses.

Volunteers are encouraged to join the friends to support the running of the mill and participate in fund raising activities whilst enjoying the benefits of the active social calendar and contributing to a national monument.


Gayle Mill, Mill Lane, Gayle, Hawes, North Yorkshire, DL8 3RZ
Telephone 01969 667320  Web Site Gayle Mill
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Last updated November 2013