Bradwell Windmill: Open selected days April-October 2019

by Jane Matthews | January 9, 2019 8:36 pm

Matthew Nayler standing with the mill mechanism[1]

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 programme of refurbishment.

 

 

 

 

 

BRADWELL WINDMILL OPEN DAYS 2019

 

Sunday 28th April

 

Monday 6th May

 

Saturday 11th May & Sunday 12th May (National Mills Weekend)

 

Sunday 26th May

 

Sunday 30th June

 

Sunday 28th July

 

Sunday 25th August

 

Saturday 14th September & Sunday 15th September (Heritage Open Days)

 

Sunday 29th September

 

Sunday 27th October

 

How to find the Windmill and parking

Postcode: MK13 7UE

Parking is in Nightingale Court,  off Wheelers Lane. There is no access to the mill from Mill Lane (off Bradwell Road).

Please be aware

 

History of a local landmark

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.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Mill-and-Matthew.jpg

Source URL: http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/windmill-open-days/