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Bucks landmark being restored this week

Bucks landmark being restored this week

Published by Dan Gooding at 2:16pm 25th March 2019.

After over five years missing from the Aylesbury Vale skyline, Quainton's windmill is being restored.

Over today and tomorrow, the sails are being put back onto the 187-year-old building after years in the planning.

They had to be removed, after severe rotting.

Quainton windmill restoration March 2019
The crane in place, lifting the sails back into position

It has meant a lot of work to restore one of the few remaining working windmills in the country.

Mike Roberts is one of the team of volunteers behind this:

"I think the team will be extremely proud and they should be proud with what they have achieved.

"I think the Quainton will be extremely pleased as well, because it is a historic part of the village and it's very iconic."

A team of eight volunteers, as well as the mill's owner, have worked hard over seven years in total to make this all happen.

Today (Mon) sails are being craned back into place and the plan is to have the work completed tomorrow evening.

Mike told us that there has been a huge amount of community support for this:

"There are about 168 shades and the villagers and other people, as far as Australia, sponsored these for £40 a shutter and we raised over £8,000."

The mill will soon be back up and running, with demonstrations of flour milliing for visitors and school children.

Follow more progress on the Quainton Windmill Facebook page.

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