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On 2nd December 2003, the BBC Radio 4 programme You and Yours included a feature on Heage windmill. You can listen to the recording.

Heage windmill is the only working 6 sailed tower mill in the UK. The programme included interviews with Alan Gifford, the local windmill expert, and John Boucher, the mill's consultant millwright. The mill was purchased by Derbyshire County Council in 1967 for £300, when it was a virtual wreck. A superficial esthetic restoration was then carried out. However locals wanted more, and eventually a full restoration was considered. Although various grants were obtained for the mill itself, the £400,000 project also needed money to work on a drying kiln and visitor centre, and to bring an access road and services to the mill, which are not eligible under many grant schemes. The Landfill Tax Credit Scheme helped provide the answer, since their grants are available for eligible ancillary projects, and the Managing Director of WREN who administer the tax money explained a little more about the scheme.

WREN grants also have helped a number of other mill restorations, including Polkey's Mill in Norfolk.
Mills: [Heage]
See also:Polkey's Mill new cap frame lifted into place (6/8/04)
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Item: #212, Posted: 10/1/04.


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