Restoration project starts at Bursledon Windmill

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THE first steps have been taken in a £200,000 restoration project of the county’s only working windmill.

The 25ft sails have been removed from the Bursledon Windmill, near Fareham, to allow the solid oak wind shaft inside the mill to be replaced. It was last replaced after being damaged in the 1987 storms.

REPAIR  The sails from Bursledon Mill were removed yesterday.  Picture: Sarah Standing (121089-4328)

REPAIR The sails from Bursledon Mill were removed yesterday. Picture: Sarah Standing (121089-4328)

The work is taking place to restore the windmill to its former glory in time for its 200th anniversary in 2014.

Tom De Wit, Hampshire County Council’s south east area curator said: ‘It’s a very exciting project and it should extend the life of the windmill by another good 50 years or so.’

There will be a special opening held on April 3 and 4 for the public to visit and find out more about the project.

For more information or to volunteer to help with the project visit gov.uk/windmill