The story of the restoration of Wicken Windmill.

Wicken Windmill was, and is,  one of England's finest flour windmills ...

 

1926 Michael Dunne

After the bank foreclosed on the milling business in 1934 the windmill went downhill quickly.

 

1939 Herbert Simmons

The cap roof failed in the 1950's.

 

Mr G.C. Wilson of Over Mill persuaded the then owners George and Doreen Johnson to let him fit a temporary cap roof in 1971.

Dave Pearce.

Paul Brown

George Johnson in his garden.

The Wicken Windmill Partnership bought the mill in 1987. The windmill was restored by voluntary millwrights and supporters giving countless hours of work.

Many bodies public and private assisted towards the cost of materials - including English Heritage, East Cambridgeshire District Council and many individuals. The overall cost of the repairs was £25,000.

 Leslie Wesson 

      

 Leslie Wesson

Robert Bramley, Jacqui Ward and Dave Pearce

 Leslie Wesson

 Dave Pearce and Jacqui Ward

 Dave Pearce

 Dave Pearce, Roger Skinner, Alan Loasby, 1991

 

 Liz Pearce

Dave Pearce, Chris Wallis and Wilf Foreman discussing mill repairs at Chinnor in 1990

 

 Dave Pearce

 Major works were carried out to save the smock tower.

Chris Hullcoop about to work on the curb.

 

 Leslie Wesson

Dave Pearce, Michael and Jane Bulleid, Chris Wilson

 

 Leslie Wesson

Roger Skinner at work on the cap

 Leslie Wesson

W. Barton (Willingham), Dave Pearce and Chris Wilson (Over) discuss the steering worm.

 

 Leslie Wesson

Tony Ward working on the cap roof.

 Leslie Wesson

Robert Bramley working on the cap porch, with Alan Loasby between cap and mill tower

 

 Leslie Wesson

Jacqui Ward painting roof boards

 

 Bob Sharp

The new fantail

 

 Cliff Lovett

John Capon, Alan Loasby, Ian Preedy and Dave Pearce. The fan spindle has just been fitted.

 

 Bob Sharp

 

 

 Roger Skinner

The rebuilt cap is lowered on to the tower, Alan Wallis signalling to crane driver.

 Cliff Lovett

The rebuilt cap and new fantail.

 

 

 Building the sails.  Mary Newland, Liz Pearce, Chris Wilson, Sue Hiddleston, Dave Pearce

 

 Dave Pearce

Setting up a sail.

 Cliff Lovett

 

At last after innumerable hours of design and craftsmanship the mill approached external completion, and the team could concentrate on completing the sails and the internal machinery,

 

 

 

 Bob Sharp

 Cliff Lovett and the new gear ring for the brake wheel.

 

 Dave Pearce

The first meshing of the new brake wheel cogs

 

 

Bob Sharp and Dave Pearce fitting thimble strips, 1997

 

 Jacqui Ward

Martin Hanson and Sue Hiddleston stone dressing

 

 

Dave Pearce

On the stone floor

 

 Dave Pearce

 

 Dave Pearce

 Setting up the flour dressing machine.

 

For a few years we could concentrate on maintenance and operation.

Dave Pearce  

Mike Newland carrying out urgent running repairs to the upright shaft on a cold day in March 2009. 

 

 

 Bob Sharp

Mary Newland and Tony Ward painting the sails, 2011.

 

 Dave Pearce

Dan Carrick on board the cherry picker

 

 Dave Pearce

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                               Dave Pearce

The windmill in 2011.