History of Aizlewood's Mill
Aizlewood's Mill was built in 1861 on the site of the former nursery gardens of Sheffield Castle and alongside Sheffield's first railway, the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire which carried grain from the cornfields of Lincolnshire. Sheffield's first railway station was adjacent to Aizlewood's Mill's original car park.
It was one of the first mills in Britain to use the iron roller reduction method of milling. The grain would be carried across a bridge from the railway goods yard into the top floor of the building before descending by gravity though the various milling processes.
The building is a particularly fine example of the prestige buildings of the period with cast iron columns supporting heavy timber beams to provide a framework for a substantial brick building with many attractive architectural features.
The project was carried out for John Aizlewood, a Rotherham miller, who went on to become one of Sheffield's most significant businessmen and citizens.
He was the largest individual shareholder in the Sheffield Brick Company and bought large areas of farmland beside the railway in Lincolnshire which provided the raw material for his mill. John Aizlewood was also a Sheffield City Councillor for 17 years.
The mill remained under the control of the Aizlewood family until 1962 when the business was sold to Associated British Foods. In 1969 the milling machinery was removed and the building was sold to Harrogate-based farmers and food merchants, George Morrell & Sons Ltd.
Sheffield Co-operative Development Group Ltd had for some time been considering acquiring premises with the dual purpose of providing themselves with their own accommodation and managed workspace.
Aizlewood's Mill was on the route to work of SCDG employee Mike Bower, and when "For Sale" signs appeared on the building in 1985 the Group decided to make further enquiries. An initial development scheme was produced in conjunction with Sheffield architects Tatlow Stancer and an offer of £1 (one pound) was made for the property which was accepted by the owner's agent.
A subsidiary company limited by guarantee was established which purchased, developed and now operates Aizlewood's Mill as a well known Sheffield landmark business centre.