Ashford Mill

A derelict corn mill has been stunningly transformed into a luxurious home.

This crumbling Grade II Listed Mill was restored to its former glory using slim steel framed doors. Flewitt's Corn Mill is located in Ashford, Peak District and dates back to before 1043 AD when it was formally owned by the Duke of Devonshire until the 1950s.

The listed corn mill features Industrial Style Mondrian® double doors with an arched head design. The homeowners went through years of planning as most buildings built before 1948, within the property’s curtilage, are grade II listed. This means they are considered ‘nationally important and of special interest’, which can make planning permission harder to obtain. 


Ashford in the Water, Peak District

Restoring the mill with a contemporary glazed entrance design floods the new open plan living area with natural light revealing the hidden history of the property. Choosing steel glazing systems ensured the overall design remained traditional but with modern performance values.

Thanks to the latest glazing technologies, steel framed glazing can now reach impressive levels of thermal insulation and the steel window and door systems from IQ are fully thermally broken. This allows us to combine traiditonal design with modern performance values, the perfect fit for listed and historic buildings. 

Built before 1043 AD, the corn mill formerly had two waterwheels, a wooden one and an iron one. The slim framed glazing to the front elevation of the property acts as a viewing gallery from the outside, revealing the carefully restored machinery to preserve the historic charm. The Steel Mondrian doors have been finished in galvanised steel PPC RAL 7024 with bronze tinted glass on the external pane.

“We have spent the past seven years consulting with the Peak District National Park Planners to restore the beautiful building and to carry out a conversion to residential use. We are delighted with the result.” Says homeowner, Dr Robert W. Griffiths.

“Respect for the existing building fabric was critical to the success of the refurbishment of this beautiful and historic mill. Blending the old and the new sensitively involved careful consideration of each element that was introduced. As the point of arrival, the new entrance doors immediately convey the love and craft that has gone into the restoration. The bespoke design of the doors and minimal frames provide a sympathetic touch that help to display the character of this wonderful old building,” says Tom Grey, Founding Partner of Grey + Griffiths.