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Buildings at Risk Register 2004
The Buildings at Risk Register 2004 from English Heritage is
now available. As in past years, there are a number of wind and watermills whose condition is causing concern,
and are include on the list. Unfortunately I find the English Heritage site very difficult to use, and its not
easy to get real information from it - the best I can do quickly is to note that 83 building have "mill" in their name.
The Mills Archive is running a feature on Friston post mill,
following the news that work has commenced to make this important mill stable. The feature highlights
the 73 documents and photos currently in the archive about this mill.
See also:Item #312
New life for Himalayan region watermills
IT Power is short listed for the
Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy,
for the work it has done over a number of years to design a way to modernize the 200,000 traditional
watermills in the Himalayan region, using micro-hydro systems to make them viable for grinding flour, rice
hulling and generating electricity.
There are two designs used in the improvements;
a new horizontal water wheel, and a vertical turbine. Detailed engineering plans for both are available
on the website.
The awards have been presented, and the Himalayan project was a
runner up in the international section.
Wray Common windmill auctioned - 19th May 2004
The recent article from The Mail on Sunday on property auctions is now available online at
Homes and Property.
It includes a couple of paragraphs on Wray common windmill:
At Clarke Gammon Weller's sale in Guildford three weeks ago, The Windmill at Reigate went under the hammer with a guide
price of £250,000. Built in 1824, Grade II listed and with an attached granary, it stands proud in a quiet residential
area overlooking Wray Common on the outskirts of Reigate. Two bidders slogged it out and auctioneer Jeremy Zeid's hammer
fell at £326,000. 'The room was packed and there was a great buzz,' he said. 'This sale proved the effectiveness of auctions.
They serve to concentrate interest within a set time frame, create a competitive market place and ensure the deal is
concluded on the day.'
The auction catalog still has the illustrated
property details, but I guess it will soon be displaced by the catalog for the next auction. The details stated
ADDRESS: The Windmill, 66 Batts Hill, Reigate, Surrey RH2 0LQ
DESCRIPTION: Beautiful Grade II Listed windmill and attached granary. The windmill
offers exceptional views and is set in a delightful elevated location. Now in need of renovation and modernisation.
ACCOMMODATION Entrance hall, kitchen, large converted granary/studio, bathroom, large circular sitting/dining room,
four further floors, small secluded garden.
See also:Item #315
Beaufort Court open day
Beaufort Court is the new headquarters
building at Kings Langley of the RES group - the UK based wind farm developer. It was officially opened
on 24th May by Stephen Timms, Minister for Energy.
The site, adjacent to the M25 motorway, is a conversion of the Ovaltine Egg Farm into a zero emissions office
development. As well as the energy efficient office building, the site produces its own power via a wind turbine
(a "second hand" Vestas V29 225kW system), has 170 square metres of solar panels proving both heat and photo-voltaics,
stores heat in an underground heat store, uses underground water for cooling, and grows biomas (elephant grass) for
The site has an energy trail laid out around all these features, and on 12th June this was well used as part of an
open day. Hundreds of people visited for a look round this high profile innovative site - where the bright sun and
brisk breeze meant the major systems were producing power. The website has
charts of energy production
so you can see how these systems run over time.
See also:Item #141
More details on Kenn windmill destruction
The 2003 SPAB Report of the Committee contains more details of the loss of Kenn windmill last year.
The stump of the parallel sided tower was visible from the M5 motorway, and was due to be repaired
as part of the development of a business park / industrial estate. Instead the developers
demolished it, and have built a mock tower as part of another building on the estate. The mock
tower is the wrong shape (being conical), and has been given a wrong date on a replacement for the
original tower's carved date stone (which has apparently been lost). Despite strong protests to the
local authority, the developers appear to have got away with destroying this historical building.
See also:Item #165
Wrawby Windmill, near Brigg - Heritage Lincolnshire pick of the month
I'm not sure how long this link will work, but
Wrawby Windmill, near Brigg is
the pick of the month on the Heritage Lincolnshire website. When the month expires
it doesn't look as if old picks are archived.
Llangoed conversion plan now approved
The mill tower at Llangoed, Anglesey, built in 1742, but long ruinous, has been
granted planning permission on reconsideration for conversion to a holiday cottage sleeping 4.
The access to the mill was considered to be likely to make nearby junctions unsafe, but the council
have changed their mind, ahead of a planned public inquiry on the application.
Another report includes a photo of the mill tower, covered in scaffolding.
Distinctly Quirky Towers
is another travel writer report on Bradford Old Windmill - which is run as a B+B. This one brings in a few
new stories I've not seen before.
[Bradford on Avon]
Thames Town, Shanghai, China
A new £200m city for 8000 residents being built at SongJiang near Shanghai is aiming to recreate the most picturesque
elements of a British town to lure homebuyers from China's newly affluent middle class.
Thames Town plans include
Tudor half-timbered buildings, Victorian red-brick, a castle, and at least one windmill.
Another report from LGIB contains the same
"at least one windmill" phrase, so I suspect that it's produced from the same press release, but
I've been unable to track down the original source.
Friston mill to get steel framework to allow work to stabilize mill
Friston post mill in Suffolk requires some fairly urgent work to make it stable,
and to this end it is
gaining a steel framework
installed by DGT Steel and Cladding Ltd, to allow the buck to be jacked up, so enabling
work on the timbers of the trestle and the bottom of the buck.
The work is a holding operation, whilst site owner Piers Hartley, and the mill owner
the Friston Mill Foundation look to secure an estimated £400,000 to restore the mill.
Coat of paint for Denver windmill
Specialist painters Fishers of Nottingham have the job to
paint Denver windmill. The task will take a 2 man team around a week, and use 100 litres of
masonry paint on the tower, and 10 litres of acrylic for the cap.
German mill day - 31st May
The 11th German mill day ("Deutschen Mühlentag") takes place on Monday, 31st May 2004.
There is info about it at Mühlentag 2004
- unfortunately the site is only in German, and the site goes out of its way to prevent normal
use of the site, which includes trying to read the pages via a translator.
A machine translation of the press release reads:
Presseinformation to the German mill day 2004 the German society for mill
customer and mill preservation (DGM) leads on 31 May 2004 (whit-monday)
country widely the 11. German mill day through. A large prelude meeting
is prepared at present at the windmill "De Vrouw Johanna" in Emden, for
which the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony Christian Wulff took over the
patronage. In his greeting word to the special meaning of this daily one
refers and one represents Lower Saxony as one of the mill-richest regions
of Germany. The preservation of wind and wassermuehlen as historical
building witnesses of our technical and economic development over many
centuries finds a ever more largely becoming interest in the public. For
years constantly the rising number on the German mill day of the
participating mills is for it a safe proof. Since 1994 have itself their
number more than doubled (s. attached statistics) some the mills, which
participate in the German mill day, are all year round opened. That
applies among other things to the historical mill Sanssouci in potsdam,
which was visited in the last year by approximately 60,000 visitors.
Exhibitions do not take place rarely and the subject of the former
Mueller handicraft are shown in the opened mills, which obtain a view of
the mill technology of verflossener years. Often also literary-musical
meetings belong to the program of opened mills (among other things in the
mill circle Minden Luebbecke), which enrich often the attendance in a mill
apart from the numerous historically arranged mill celebrations and a
cultural experience of special kind become to let. As well known climb
around mills many cheerful and serious stories as well as poems and
narrations of grinding and the meaning of wind and water. Each mill has
its special history. With alone around meals never are from grain. Above
all in the course of centuries developed more than 160 productive ranges
of application also today still constitute the fascinating at the mill
technology and its history. Many wind and wassermuehlen are already
represented with own homepage in the InterNet. That applies also to the
German mill company (www.muehlen dgm ev.de). Numerous "surfer" avail
themselves of this source of information already, in order to experience
details over mills, their locations, its age and its function. Also this
points economically important technology which was on an increasing
interest in one, which will further receive for historical and
denkmalpflegerischen reasons of future generations should. Further
information can be caught up at the 14 regional organizations of the
German mill company as well as from the participant taker listings in the
InterNet under www.muehlen dgm ev.de. I ask you therefore, over the 11.
To report German mill day on 31 May 2004. Minden, in April 2004 gez.
Erhard Jahn (Erhard Jahn) president
New sails for Herne mill, Kent
Millwrights from IJP Building Conservation
(Luke Bonwick, Dan Barton, Ricky Quinton, Paul Sellwood) built new
sweeps for Herne mill during March and April, which were placed on the
mill with the aid of a crane in time for National Mills Weekend. Two
of the sweeps are made from laminated baltic pine and two are solid pine baulks.
An approximate 66% complement of shutters have been fitted; the striking gear
has been returned to its original black colour scheme. It was possible to
re-use many of the existing shutters, and some new ones which were made by
the Friends of the Mill have been added. The sails were in use for the Saturday
of mills weekend, and also in the sunshine of the subsequent weekend's Sunday
opening, where they made a grand advertisement that the mill was open.
Millwall - origins of the name
The Millwall area of London, famed this weekend for its football club, takes its name from a group of
7 or more windmills for grinding corn, which were situated along the raised bank of the Thames on the west side of the Isle of Dogs.
These are variously described at
About the Isle of Dogs,
Origins of Millwall FC.
Stream power: watermills in Newquay
is an article on watermills in Newquay from the Newquay Voice. Part of their historical
Then and Now series, the article contains a number of stories about past millers and their mills.
Unfortunately the web page layout of the text is very poor, and makes it quite a struggle to
Mills Section custom franking
The SPAB Mills Section has started to frank its mail with its logo featuring a windmill.
Bourn mill reopens after renovations
The post mill at Bourn, Cambridgeshire,
has just reopened after a £46,000 renovation (of which £38,300 came from the Heritage Lottery Fund,
£7,200 from Waste Recycling Environmental, and £720 from South Cambridgeshire District Council).
The mill has been mostly closed to the public since 2000, but will now be open from 2-5pm on the
last Sunday of every month until September.
Drinkstone mills open for National Mills Weekend
Drinkstone mills - a site featuring the UK's oldest post mill, a smock mill, a Great Eastern railway carriage,
and other items of interest is open once again for National Mills Weekend.
Lambeth Council grants £25,000 to Brixton windmill
Brixton windmill is to get some much needed maintenance work, thanks to a £25,000
grant from Lambeth council.
£16,000 of specialist mill work will include repairing and painting the cap, repointing and
painting the brick work, and attention to the sails which have slipped downwards. The rest
of the money will be used for more general improvement to the gardens around the mill
Foxton windmill, NZ attracts 64,000 visitors in its first year
Foxton Windmill, a fully working smock mill constructed
over the past few years in New Zealand, officially opened in April 2003. Since then it has attracted
64,000 visitors - which for a country with as small a population as New Zealand is very impressive.
I've also put together a page on the Windmills of New Zealand.
See also:Item #70
2nd series of Restoration - buildings announced
The BBC have announced the
list of buildings that will feature in the 2nd series of Restoration. These include 2 water powered textile mills
Saxmundham museum which opened
earlier this month has a 1/32 scale model of Saxmundham post mill, recently built by John Goldsmith and his brother.
The mill was reputed to be the tallest post mill in Europe, until the buck was taken down in 1907. The last
working owners were the Turner family, who also owned a shop in the High Street. Photos show the shop front
advertising "Miller and Baker, Dealer in Corn, Chaff, Malt and Hops. Ilims smoked and dried".
What are "ilims" - noone yet seems to know. If you know what they are, please let me know.
Thanks to John Goldsmith, I now have some
photos of the model.
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