Stansted Mountfitchet Parish Council

The Windmill...

Posted Tue, Mar 6th 2012, 17:32

What has been happening at the mill?  Many will have noticed that once again it has ben stuck in one position for some time.  In fact, until recently, the cap hasn't moved since before last christmas when the worm stuck fast against the brickwork around the curb.
The last 'fix' had reset the worm fractionaly closer to the mill to give it more purchase and stop it from forcing itself away from the curb.  But alas!  It was to close and stuck on the brickwork above the top window.
To make things worse the sails were now facing north and so subject to tail winding more often from the prevailing southwesterlies.  The resulting extra pressure on the shutters has caused the contol rods to bow.
A fix is in hand for all these problems.  With help from Tony Wellings Richard Thomas and William Frogley the cap was manualy turned around 180 degrees where the shutters and rods will be more easily accessible.
All being well it should be turning again by the spring

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What has been happening at the mill?  
Many will have noticed that once again it has been stuck in one position for some time.  In fact, until recently, the cap hadn't moved since before last christmas when the worm stuck fast against the brickwork around the curb.  The last 'fix' had reset the worm fractionaly closer to the mill to give it more purchase and stop it from forcing itself away from the curb.  But alas!  It was too close and stuck on the brickwork above the top window.

To make things worse the sails were now facing north and so subject to tail winding more often from the prevailing south-westerlies.  The resulting extra pressure on the shutters has caused the contol rods to bow.  A fix is in hand for all these problems.  With help from Tony Wellings, Richard Thomas and William Frogley the cap was manualy turned around 180 degrees where the shutters and rods will be more easily accessible.

All being well it should be turning again by the spring.

April update...  Sadly all is now not well.  One of the legs of the cradle holding the worm has cracked and needs replacing.  It will take a little longer to get things moving.

 

Take a look at the Windmill's facebook page for regular updates.  

 


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