Wray Common windmill, Surrey


Wray Common #2607

NGR: TQ269511
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Wray Common Mill: tower - residential conversion

On 26th August, 2004, the cap of Wray Common Mill near Reigate in Surrey was removed, marking the first stage of the restoration project. The mill had recently been purchased by Paul Baker of Westcott, Dorking. His colleague, David Tate, is managing the programme of repairs to the mill. David has given several interviews to regional news reporters and radio stations to promote local awareness of the project, and welcomes visitors keen to see the work in progress.

Before repairs could commence the mill had to be entirely scaffolded, allowing the precise state of decay of cap and fanstage timbers to be assessed. The decayed timbers of fanstage and gallery were then removed to ground level, having been exhaustively surveyed and recorded - on paper and on camera - beforehand.

The cap was lifted in three stages. First, the conical roof was freed from its supports and lifted to ground level. Next, the iron windshaft, together with the brake wheel and brake, were removed. Finally the timber cap frame, which was in a rather fragile state, was carefully reinforced and lifted off the curb. Cranage was carried out by Bronzeshield, a Dartford-based company, and the lifting was supervised by Luke Bonwick of Bonwick Associates (Milling Heritage Consultants).

The three main components of the cap will be transported to a nearby workshop in the coming weeks to allow repair work to begin. On site, the second stage of the project will involve internal and external repair of the tower brickwork and curb castings and is to commence immediately.


Wray Common, 10th May 1998


Lowering the cap frame, 26th August 2004 © Luke Bowick

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[UKMills]

Wray Common Windmill [2011-10-15]

Derek Harper

Wray Common Windmill [2011-10-15]

Derek Harper

Wray Common Windmill, Reigate [2011-02-06] - HD

Richard Rogerson

Wray Common Windmill and Wray Mill Cottages [2010-07-17]

Ian Capper

The Windmill [2010-07-04] - HD

Carl Ayling

The Windmill [2010-07-04] - HD

Carl Ayling

Wray Common, Redhill [2009-05-24]

Peter Trimming

Wray Common Windmill [2009-05-24]

Peter Trimming

Wray Common Windmill [2009-05-24]

Peter Trimming

Wray Common Windmill [2009-05-24]

Peter Trimming

Wray Common, Redhill [2009-05-24]

Peter Trimming

Redhill from Reigate Hill [2009-01-24]

Ian Capper

Wray Common Windmill [2008-04-26]

Ian Capper

Wray Common and Wray Common Windmill [2008-01-05]

Ian Capper

Wray Common tower mill, Surrey [2005-07-10]

Bob Paterson

Wray Common tower mill, Surrey [2005-07-10]

Bob Paterson

Windmill Conversion near Reigate [2005-07-20]

Hywel Williams

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Mill ID 2607
Wray Common Mill: Reigate, Surrey, 1938 - {T C Vickers Collection}

[Listed Building]

News item: flickr windmill photos taken on an iPhone (4/1/10)
News item: Windmill sails (22/4/08)
News item: Wray Common cap lifted back into place (9/6/05)
News item: Restoration work on Wray Common windmill (13/9/04)
News item: Wray Common windmill auctioned - 19th May 2004 (16/6/04)
News item: Edwardian photo of Wray Common mill (14/6/04)

Reigate,Wray Common Windmill 1907,Surrey
Reigate, Wray Common Windmill 1907 {Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection}

,Reigate, Wray Common Windmill 1907, Surrey,
Reigate, Wray Common Windmill 1907, Surrey {Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection}

,Reigate, Wray Common Windmill 1919, Surrey,
Reigate, Wray Common Windmill 1919, Surrey {Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection}

,Reigate, the Windmill c1955, Surrey,
Reigate, the Windmill c1955, Surrey {Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection} [Search Muggeridge Collection]


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