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Couple who lovingly restored Co Tyrone corn mill put 'historic gem' on market

Dyan Mill in Co Tyrone which has gone on the market
Dyan Mill in Co Tyrone which has gone on the market

By Stephanie Bell

An historic 19th century corn mill which has survived with its early technology and original water wheel has gone on the market in Co Tyrone.

Dyan Mill, originally part of the Earl of Caledon's estate, was built in 1829 and has been partially restored by its current owners, former Ulster Carpet owners Edward and Primrose Wilson.

The interesting complex of buildings also includes the large stone mill, a corn store and two recently restored workers' cottages as well as four acres of land and the water dam used to power the wheel.

The entire complex is on the market for a modest £200,000-plus price tag through Maison Real Estate in Dungannon.

Dyan Mill in Co Tyrone which has gone on the market
Dyan Mill in Co Tyrone which has gone on the market

Mr and Mrs Wilson bought the mill in 1998 with the aim of saving it from ruin.

Mrs Wilson, who is president of the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, described it as an historic gem which she hopes will be further restored by its new owners.

"It is sitting in a lovely part of Co Tyrone in a small hamlet in a beautiful conservation area," said Mrs Wilson.

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"We are passionate about our architectural heritage which is why we were keen to take it on and restore it and give it a future.

"We started off doing it gradually and it got to the stage where we had invested a lot of money in it and we are getting older now and don't have the energy. We do have one tenant in one of the cottages and the other cottage is currently being painted.

"It would make a fabulous wellness centre or could be developed for further residential use or even a wedding venue and it has quite good tourism potential.

"I hope whoever buys it won't change it too much and will find a sustainable use for it for the future," she said.

The Wilsons have carried out extensive work on the B plus listed building. They have restored the 20-foot water wheel to working order again and reinstated the water course which powered it.

Mrs Wilson added: "Most of the original machinery is still there. There are not very many mills which have survived like that with the original machinery and water wheel and that is reflected in its listed status."

Dyan Mill in Co Tyrone which has gone on the market
Dyan Mill in Co Tyrone which has gone on the market

For more details contact Maison Real Estate on 87880080

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