THE historic Raven Inn at Glazebury could become a Scheduled Monument as the site of a medieval watermill if local campaigners get their way.
Local businessman and inventor, Professor Bob Eden, who is a member of the Help Save the Raven Steering Group, has been conducting extensive research into the possibility the Raven was a water mill long before it became an inn.
This possibility was first raised by an American historian Van Hostetler. Since then Van & Bob have been working tirelessly on their historic investigation.
An application has recently been made to Historic England to have the building listed.
Historic England accepted the evidence indicating the Raven was a medieval water mill, however, they do not feel there is sufficient evidence that the existing structure was exactly the same structure as when it was a mill.
Campaigners are now seeking the backing of Warrington Borough Council to commission a ‘dig’ outside the front of the Raven.
If it was indeed a medieval water mill, there should be evidence of the ancient wheel pit and tailrace. If so, this would be directly below the footpath at the front of the Raven, hence seeking approval from the council.
As things stand, there is a real possibility the Raven could become a ‘Scheduled Monument’.
Historic England have indicated they would reconsider the listed building application, should such information be forthcoming.
Campaigners say there is so little left in the Warrington area, it would be a great loss to see the building representing the last remaining mill site, from a chain of obliterated early medieval sites, bulldozed for development.