Our Restoration Project
Revised August 2018
Upminster Windmill is being restored to working order.
The project is managed through a partnership between the Friends of Upminster Windmill and the London Borough of Havering. Generous funding is being provided by Heritage Lottery Fund and Veolia North Thames Trust.
A contract for the structural work was placed with Dutch millwright Willem Dijkstra early in 2016. The cap and sails were removed in June 2016 and transported to Holland for refurbishment. This dramatic event can be viewed on YouTube. Repairs to the frame of the cap are well advanced.
Back in the UK, the external gallery and weatherboarding have been removed. Scaffolding has been erected and a polythene wrap applied to protect against the weather during the restoration.
Inside the polythene, the brickwork surrounding the ground floor has been repaired. Some of the structural cross-beams have been strengthened and several of the main structural timbers of the smock are now being repaired or replaced. To ensure authenticity, as much as possible of the original timbers are being retained.
The structural repairs, reassembly of the cap and replacement of the weatherboarding are due for completion later this year, allowing the removal of the scaffolding and polythene wrap. By the spring of 2019, the external gallery will be rebuilt and the sails re-installed. This will be followed by the repair and reinstallation of the internal machinery, allowing the Mill to work again.
Full restoration is due for completion by early summer 2019 though some groundworks will be necessary before it can be opened to the public. Full public opening is expected in April 2020.
The project includes the provision of a new visitor centre where people can learn about the Mill and its rich history. The building has been completed and is in use, though it will not function as a full visitor centre until the Mill is open to the public.
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