Christmas market to be held at Gayle Mill

Gayle Mill. Photo: John Illingworth.

A Christmas market will be held at Gayle Mill in December.

Organisers say the Makers Market and Vintage Christmas Fair at Gayle Mill on Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12 will provide an opportunity to discover inspiring gifts made by independent craftspeople.

There will be cards, hand-made soap, Christmas decorations, hand-made candles, Nepali fashion, vintage collectibles, vintage clothing and accessories, home fragrance, bath and body and much more on sale.

The event will be run by Makers Market organisers Anne Barden and Emma Trussler, of Swaledale.

Emma has described Gayle Mill as an exciting new venue for future events.

It was built in 1784 and is the oldest unaltered mill building in the United Kingdom.

It has become the embodiment of Industrial Evolution in this country having been used as milling in turn cotton, flax and wool before becoming a sawmill from 1860 to 1988.

Its third and final turbine now generates electricity for the National Grid when there is water in Gayle Beck.

Owned by Cultura Trust, it re-opened to the public earlier this year following work to make the building safe and easier to operate.