Following the removal of the sails in August, they’ve gone to our millwrights at Mapledurham (nr. Reading) to be totally renovated.There were four sets of sails in their yard and all of them in much worse condition than ours. A sail on Wimbledon windmill broke last year and these were one of the sets in the yard. The new sails for Wimbledon were complete and ready to be re-fitted soon.
Our two common sails were inside looking superb. They have had a few small pockets of rot cut out and filled and one or two other timbers replaced. After 3 top coats of high quality paint they almost look like new. The patent sails were about to be brought indoors to have the same treatment. They have already made many new shutters. We expect all of our sails to be ready for re-fitting by early November.
Kevin Challen, Chairman of the Windmill Society, with our millwright Paul Sellwood of Owlsworth IJP.
Text and pictures – Charles Baxter.