Thelnetham Windmill open day
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Suffolk’s historic Thelnetham Windmill will celebrate its 200th anniversary this weekend with an open day featuring a unique part of its story.
A First World War American-made lorry that was converted into a caravan and lived in by former windmill owner George Vincent will be one of the exhibits on show.
The lorry is a rare Locomobile which ferried US troops to the front line on the Western Front which Mr Vincent, who owned Thelnetham in the 1930s, bought and converted into a caravan in which he lived at the windmill.
Other attractions at the open day on Sunday July 14 will include tours of the mill, blacksmith and rope-making demonstrations, steam organs and cream teas.
The Grade II-listed tower mill, one of only four preserved mills in Suffolk, operated successfully in the 19th-century but slipped into decline in the early 20th-century and was derelict by 1926.
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In 1979, it was bought by enthusiasts and by 1987 it had been restored to full working order and remains fully operational today.
The open day is from 11am to 4pm, admission £4 for adults and £2 for children aged over five.
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