The Flaxmill Crown: Save a Shrewsbury icon

by Historic England in Shrewsbury, England, United Kingdom

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On 22nd June 2019 we successfully raised £8,953 with 186 supporters in 32 days

We need your help to rescue a remarkable survivor from England’s history.

by Historic England in Shrewsbury, England, United Kingdom

In 1897 a fever swept the nation. Jubilee-fever.  Celebrations for Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee lit up England and the world. Parties were held on every street from Norwich to Newcastle; a chain of beacons ignited Britain and revelry reigned. 

Throughout the year, civic works were erected across the globe, from memorial fountains in the Maldives to municipal clocks in Manchester.  In Shrewsbury, the people had a very special coronation of their own. They crowned their best building to show their pride.  

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings epitomises the Victorian age. The first iron-framed building in the world - a gas-lit, steam powered wonder; it was a place of revolution and innovation.

122 years on, the cast iron crown atop the Flaxmill Maltings is in need of care. The iron-work is fractured, the paint work peeling. The crowning glory of Shropshire’s industrial past is fading fast.

With your help, we can restore the Jubilee Crown to its former glory, taking pride of place high above the rooftops of the town. We need £26,000 to carefully remove the ornate cast iron coronet and transport it to a specialist metal conservation workshop for restoration. The paint and decoration will be analysed and surveyed, fractured iron will be stitched and missing elements faithfully recreated. The crown will be redecorated and delicately painted in original colours before being carefully reassembled and reinstalled.

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings is one of the most important buildings of the modern age. Help restore the Jubilee Crown and save a remarkable piece of Shropshire’s history.

The best of Britain. Made in Shrewsbury.  


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Have your name credited on the Crowdfunder and Historic England websites.

£10 or more

36 of 300 claimed

£10 Reward

A bespoke designed enamel pin of the Jubilee crown.

£15 or more

26 of 200 claimed

£15 Reward

A 'thank you' postcard of the Jubilee Crown illustrated by local artist Linda Edwards + a Jubilee crown enamel pin.

£30 or more

25 of 100 claimed

£30 Reward

An 'exclusive' designed tote bag of the Jubilee Tower by local artist Linda Edwards, plus your name credited on the Historic England and Crowdfunder websites.

£75 or more

0 of 100 claimed

£75 Reward

A limited edition, C-type photograph of the newly restored Jubilee Crown.

£100 or more

4 of 50 claimed

£100 Reward

An original Flaxmill slate roof tile engraved with a message celebrating the appeal. Please note this reward is collection only from the Flaxmill.

£150 or more

3 of 10 claimed

£150 Reward

Enjoy a private tour of the conservators workshop with an exclusive view of the Jubilee Crown being restored. The tour will take place in July and donors will be contacted in advance with the date.

£250 or more

2 of 20 claimed

£250 Reward

Your name displayed on a plaque in the ground floor of the restored Main Mill, due to open in 2021.

£1,000 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£1000 Reward

Invitation to an exclusive dinner at the Flaxmill, including a private tour + your name displayed on a plaque in the ground floor of the restored Main Mill, due to open in 2021.

£2,500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£2500 Reward

Become a Patron of the Flaxmill Maltings and in recognition of your support you will receive an invitation to an exclusive dinner + a private tour + cast of an iron column from the Main Mill + your name displayed on a plaque in the ground floor of the Mill + invitation to an annual drinks reception during the restoration project of the Main Mill.

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