Bradwell Windmill: next open day 25 June

Bradwell Windmill: next open day 25 June

Matthew Nayler standing with the mill mechanism

One of the city’s most distinctive landmarks will be open to the public again this year on selected days.

Bradwell Windmill, which featured on the first set of postcards and adverts for life in the new city, will  be open on some Sunday afternoons, as well as for National Mills Weekend and Heritage Open Days.

On each occasion opening times are from 1.30-4.30pm- giving local people the chance to see the results of a £160,000 MK Council-funded refurbishment.

This year’s dates are:

 

 

Sunday 25th June

Sunday 30th July

Sunday 27th August

Saturday 9th September and Sunday 10th September (Heritage Open Days)

Sunday 24th September

Sunday 29th October

Bradwell Windmill is thought to be the second windmill built in Bradwell village, replacing an earlier post mill on the site of Summerfield School. Post mills were built around a central post in order that the whole structure could be turned so the sails caught the wind.

The mill we now see just off the V6 Grafton St was erected around 1805 and just about made a living for the families that owned it, milling grain for local farmers. However, it was less reliable than the area’s water mills, for example along the Ouse at Old Wolverton, and by the 20th century it was derelict. The Council acquired it for just £80.

Its return to health was achieved through a partnership between the building’s stewards, Milton Keynes Museum, and Milton Keynes Council, who funded the work of millwrights Owlsworth IJP.

Like the Museum itself, Bradwell Windmill is maintained and operated by volunteers.

For satnavs the postcode that gets people to the mill is MK13 7UE; parking is in Nightingale Crescent, off Wheelers Lane. There is no access to the mill from Mill Lane (off Bradwell Road). Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.


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