Bradwell Windmill brought back into action

MP Mark with Matthew Naylor during the restoration works

MP Mark with Matthew Naylor during the restoration works

After extensive restoration, Milton Keynes now has its own operational windmill for the first time in 138 years.

Bradwell Windmill, which is just off the V6 Grafton St, opened its doors to visitors for Heritage Open Days in September. And those who took up the invitation were able to enjoy the sight and sounds of turning sails and grinding millstones.

Bringing the mill back into operation was achieved through a partnership between the building’s stewards, Milton Keynes Museum, and Milton Keynes Council, who funded the work of specialist heritage contractors Owlsworth JP.

Explained Museum volunteer Matthew Naylor: “The restoration was in two areas: firstly making the building watertight, and secondly restoring the sails and the milling mechanism so it can do what it was intended to do.”

Among those who came to inspect the restoration works was Milton Keynes MP Mark Lancaster who not only had a chance for a bird’s eye view of his constituency, he was also invited to pick up a paintbrush and help complete waterproofing of the windmill’s cap.

Said Mark: “It’s great to see the project coming to fruition after lots of hard work. Bradwell Windmill is an icon for the community and it’s great to know it will be put to good use for many years to come.”

Now the hunt is on to enlist more volunteers to help with the day-to-day maintenance of the mill, with open days, tours and visits, and, of course, with milling flour! Contact Milton Keynes Museum if you are interested.

Find out when Bradwell’s historic windmill is open to the public. 

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