Stansted Mountfitchet Parish Council

Stansted Mountfitchet Windmill is owned by the village and looked after by the Parish Council and the 'Millers' who hold regular open days.   Windmill Website Facebook

At the beginning of November 2009 a program of major renovation got under way when the contractors, IJP Building Conservation Ltd, moved on site. The works, which included repointing the brickwork, removing the cap and repainting the sails, were completed by May 2010 when we were able to see the cap turn the sails into the wind for the first time in one hundred years.

The work has been made possible by the continued fundraising of the 'Millers', The Parish Council, English Heritage, Viridor and individual donations.

 

What follows is a kind of 'blog' style update on the progress of the project.  If you have anything you'd like to contribute to our record of this project please contact the Clerk or Tudor Owen.

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Photos from previous restorations: 1985 1995 1966

Some Postcards of the Windmill.                 Views from the top.
Cross Section of the Mill                              Some old photos

 

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2011

March

Stuck!

You may have noticed that for the last week or so the cap hasn't turned.

The Cap is stuck!


The constant stresses and strains that are put on the Worm as the cap rotates have caused a wedge to fall out and allowed the Worm to drop out of mesh with the cogs.  For the time being the cap is tied off and will not turn again until the millwright has replaced the wedge - hopefully within the week.

 

Tony Wellings examining the Worm

 

The Worm has dropped out of mesh with the cogs.

 

Paul Sellwood looks for the missing wedge.

 

A week later Paul returned and fitted some new wedges.

 

Making the new wedges.

 

Raising the worm back into mesh with the cogs.

 

Some of the new wedges in position.

Council Offices, Crafton Green House, 72 Chapel Hill, Stansted, Essex CM24 8AQ
Tel: 01279 813214 Email: parishcouncil@stansted.net Office Hours Mon–Fri: 10am–1pm