Heckington Windmill gets £1m grant to fully restore its Victorian industrial complex
BRITAIN's unique eight-sail windmill at Heckington has been awarded a grant of £990,000 to fully restore the mill's Victorian industrial complex.
The iconic windmill has received the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund after a bid was submitted by the Heckington Windmill Trust who have been desperate to see the mill restored for some time.
Charles Pinchbeck, chairman of the trust, said: "It is a huge vote of confidence in the commitment and hard work that has been put in, not just by the members but by the project's many supporters – Lincolnshire County Council, North Kesteven District Council, Heckington Parish Council, the Charles Haywood Foundation, Bicker Trust, local businesses and the many individuals who have played a part in our success."
The plan is to use the lottery funding to purchase and restore the whole mill complex.
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The buildings include the former cart-shed and granary and the one-time sawmill as well as the Mill House.
Ownership of the site by the Windmill Trust will immediately secure it as a heritage landmark for future generations. It will then be transformed into a superb visitor centre.
Head miller Jim Bailey said: "I know the prospect of educational visits where we can demonstrate the 'field to fork' chain will have a real impact both in terms of excitement and understanding."
Jim also highlighted how the mill will also mill barley for the on-site brewery and the concept of 'Field to Flagon' is sure to be an added attraction for many.
You can learn more and keep up to date with the mill's progress by logging onto the web site at www.heckingtonwindmill.org.uk