£80k grant to restore windmill at Windmill Hill

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A trust which helps protect and preserve a historic windmill has been awarded an £80,800 grant.

The Windmill Hill Windmill Trust was awarded the sum from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It will be used to restore Windmill Hill Windmill to working order where it will once again grind flour.

The project will be led by volunteers from the community and is due to start in autumn 2015.

The machinery, the sweeps, the unique patented governor designed to control the speed of the sweeps and the original outside stairs for easier visitor access to the trestle (first) floor, will all be restored.

Trustee Crispin Freeman said: “The initial restoration of the structure of the windmill back in 2001 was funded through a major Heritage Lottery Fund grant, and it is wonderful that this new grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund gives us the opportunity to progress the restoration of the windmill to working order.

“Thepublic will be thrilled to see the historic technology brought back to life.”

Jonathan Cook, chairman of Mills Section of The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), said: “The Mills Section of the SPAB congratulates the Windmill Hill Windmill Trust on securing HLF support. We welcome such an initiative as it enhances the visitor experience, provides the mill with additional sources of funding and most importantly, returns the building to its intended purpose. We wish all concerned the very best.”

The restoration will be documented by members of the local photographic society who will mount exhibitions in the area, and a historian will research the story of early millers of the windmill.

As a result of the restoration there will be numerous opportunities for volunteers to witness, experience and keep alive the practice of operating a windmill and producing stone ground flour.

Stuart McLeod, head of Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said: “Money raised by National Lottery players has helped to protect more than 1,300 buildings across the South East. In 2001, an HLF funded restoration took Windmill Hill’s namesake off the English Heritage Buildings At Risk register and we’re delighted to support its continuing development to introduce even more people to this unique example of the area’s industrial heritage.”

The Windmill at Windmill Hill, was built in 1814 and is a Grade II listed building. It is the landmark that gives the village its name and is the largest post mill in the UK. The structure was authentically restored and opened to the public in 2006 as an exampleof the country’s industrial heritage. It is one of the few remaining windmills of its type in Sussex. Windmill Hill Windmill Trust is a registered charity, established in 1995 to promote its restoration and preservation.ill.