Gallery: Sails turn again on windmill

THE sails of one of Suffolk's most iconic windmills are turning again following completion of a major restoration project.

Josh Warwick

THE sails of one of Suffolk's most iconic windmills are turning again following completion of a major restoration project.

The Saxtead Green windmill has been returned to its former glory thanks to an English Heritage-led initiative to refurbish the landmark structure.

The mill's sails have finally been fitted - the culmination of a painstaking revamp.


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The corn mill, near Framlingham, was built in the late 13th Century and although milling ceased commercially in 1947, it has remained in working order.

The phased programme of restoration began last year when the outside of the body of the mill was redecorated. The final work concerned the refurbishment of the sails, which have been erected in time for much of the summer season.

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The project was carried out by IJP historic restoration building company at its Oxfordshire workshop.

Paul Sellwood, mill wright manager for IJP, said: “The challenge has been making sure all the parts of the project come together at the right time.”

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