There was shock throughout the town this morning as the extent of the fire at Bere Mill became apparent.
At 10.10pm last night a fire destroyed much of the historic mill, one of four in the town on the River Test.
Over 50 firefighters attended along with 12 appliances as the fire took hold in the early 18th century buildings owned by the Nabarro family.
Fortunately no one was in the buildings at the time as appliances attended from throughout the south. They came from Whitchurch, Overton, Sutton Scotney, Eastleigh, Andover, Basingstoke and the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, along with ambulance support.
The ground and first floors and the roof were almost gutted by the major blaze.
The Mill was once part of the Portals estate which supplied paper for the bank of England banknotes, while the grounds have been used recently for several National Open Garden events, raising monies for charities. There is also a Butchery that provides meat from the rare breed beef and lamb raised in the adjacent meadows, while the Test, famous for its trout fly fishing runs through the grounds.
All our sympathy and thoughts are with the Nabarro family in this great loss.
Our support also goes to all the emergency services who attended.
Fire Photos from SCAS Hart