Iconic Bromsgrove Windmill on Road to Restoration

Mon 14 May 2012
Storm damage: Avoncroft Museum director Simon Carter was horrified to find the storm damaged windmill in January. Ref:s Storm damage: Avoncroft Museum director Simon Carter was horrified to find the storm damaged windmill in January. Ref:s

A BROMSGROVE 19th century windmill, damaged in winter storms in January, is on the road to restoration.

The storms on the first weekend of the year were so fierce one of the sails of the windmill at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, snapped off, then pierced the roof on the windmill’s lower section.

Money for the cost of repairs, around £5,000, has now been raised and the first stage of restoration, taking off the broken sails, has been completed.

The broken sails are being placed beneath the windmill so visitors can see the damage close up.

The windmill dates back to between 1790 and 1810, having been rescued from Danzey Green, near Tamworth-in-Arden, in the late 1960s.

It was re-erected at the Stoke Heath-based museum and has gone on to become one of Avoncroft’s major attractions.

The windmill was the focus of the Museum’s Open Mills Weekend, which took place last weekend. Visitors saw the windmill sailing on two sails, viewed the damaged sails, and explored the building.

Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser