Drinkstone: Repairs to Grade-I listed mill given approval

How the Post Mill looked in 2005

How the Post Mill looked in 2005 - Credit: Archant

Urgent repairs to a Grade I listed Suffolk mill can now go ahead after the plans were approved.

The post mill in Drinkstone, near Bury St Edmunds, which dates back to the 16th Century, can now have the work, which will feature repairs to its roundhouse, undertaken.

Extensive repairs were carried out in 2005 but no work was carried out to the roundhouse walls or roof as there were no funds available at the time.

The roof of the roundhouse, which was built in the 19th Century, is currently covered in tarpaulin to protect it from rainwater. But structural elements of the roof have rotted and the repair work has been called “urgent”.

A statement within the plans says: “A conservative approach to repairs is being proposed, whereby minimal change is anticipated to the walls, albeit the proposal is to take down and rebuild the upper level brickwork to bring it to a truer shape, which will be essential for the reconstruction of the conical roof.

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“It is clear that much of the roof structure will need to be renewed, but with modest section timbers to match the original members.”

The mill featured in memorable scenes from a 1970 episode of the classic BBC sitcom Dad’s Army.

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