Our Restoration Project
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.
As much as possible of the original timbers are being retained to ensure authenticity of the Mill, though inevitably some replacement timbers will be required. Suitable wood has been sourced and is being seasoned. Repairs to the frame of the cap and several other components are well advanced.
Back in the UK, the external gallery of the Mill is being removed. Scaffolding will be erected during spring 2017 when the main structural repairs will begin.
The project includes the provision of a new visitor centre where people can learn about the Mill and its rich history. The building is nearly complete. It will be available for general use from spring 2017 though it will be later in the year before it functions as a full visitor centre.
Restoration of the Mill is due for completion in summer 2018 though some groundworks will be necessary before it can be opened to the public.