Newly built dummy mill in Wraysbury


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A newly built, but essentially dummy windmill, has recently been completed as a house extension by Glyn Larcombe in his garden at Wraysbury, near Windsor.

The structure, modelled on Lacey Green smock mill, is 60ft tall, plus another 10ft for the boat shaped cap. Eight 50ft main timbers weighing 2 tons each were recycled from the Tall Ships sidings at Tilbury (via specialist supplier Ashwell Recycling) whilst much of the rest of the timber is also recycled, giving a build cost of around £45,000. Inside are 5 floors, with a kitchen and dining room on the ground floor, 3 floors of bedrooms, and a bathroom, all with gas central heating.

The cap turns on casters, and the plan is to add some lightweight polycarbonate sails which will drive a wind turbine, to complete the building.

Update: There's another report about this property, which reports that it was substantially completed by 1996, with the sail stocks added in 1997. A fuller article appears in the August issue of Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine.
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Item: #91, Posted: 8/6/03.


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