Sacrewell Mill Cambridgeshire

The rich history of Sacrewell’s Grade II* listed 18th century watermill, goes back as far as we know, to 1086 and the Domesday book, although the lie of the land suggests the Romans were using water power at Sacrewell hundreds of years earlier.

Project Summary

The project at Sacrewell included the construction of a bespoke educational facility.

Messenger was awarded the contract to undertake extensive conservation and restoration of walls, roofs, floors and stairways, along with installing a new mechanical and electrical system.

Further works included the restoration of the mechanics of the working watermill, refurbishment of the Mill House rooms, kitchen and bakery and improvements to accessibility where possible.

There were several challenges for our team: the constraints of the site and working within a heritage complex open to the public; working adjacent to the dam head to underpin and carrying out stabilisation works.

Winner of RICS Project of the Year in the East of England 2016.

Passive Fire Protection elements included in project works.


William Scott Abbott Trust




44 weeks


May 2015




Winner of RICS Project of the Year in the East of England 2016

Further Reading

Ickworth House Suffolk

Further Reading

Darwin College Cambridge

Further Reading

Collyweston Stone Slating – Keeping the Skills Alive

The production of Collyweston stone slate has been taking place in the village of Collyweston for approximately 400 years. The slate is unique to the area and is of significant importance...

Further Reading

Sacrewell Mill Cambridgeshire

This Grade II* listed watermill is located at Sacrewell close to Peterborough in Cambridgeshire. The mill, which prior to restoration was listed on Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register, was built in 1755...