History goes under the hammer at Gloucestershire mill
BUYERS from all over the world are set to snap up the contents from one of the county's last flour mills when they go under the hammer on Thursday,
The contents of Healings Flour Mill in Tewkesbury are being auctioned online by property consultants Sanderson Weatherall.
The mill produced flour on the Quay Street site until its closure in November 2006.
It was acquired by Midlands-based property developer the St Francis Group for an undisclosed sum in 2012 after ADM Milling put the freehold of the site up for sale.
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Part of the site could now be converted into flats.
Sanderson Weatherall will auction the contents of flour milling, grain cleaning and pelleting plant and equipment including weighers, roller mills, sifters, packing equipment, hoppers and conveyors.
Major lots include a grain storage complex and eight 250-tonne corrugated steel grain storage silos, 1,070-tonne flour storage silos and two concrete platform loadcell weighbridges.
Roy Tubman, partner asset advisory and recovery for machinery and business assets at Sanderson Weatherall, is staging the auction.
He said: "The sale represents a rare opportunity for millers to acquire essential plant and equipment because an entire full flour mill such as Healings very rarely comes on the market.
"We expect a lot of demand from overseas purchasers and have already received enquiries from India, Pakistan and Africa."
The St Francis Group, based in Warwickshire, bought the 19th century mill building and three other sites spread over almost five acres around Quay Street.
The flats plan still has to be considered by Tewkesbury Borough Council and also the Environment Agency because of the flood-prone nature of the area.
The online auction is being staged via www.bidspotter.co.uk at noon.