Mark Lancaster MP lends a hand to Bradwell Windmill restoration

Matthew Naylor, lead windmill volunteer, and Mark Lancaster MP getting stuck in.
Matthew Naylor, lead windmill volunteer, and Mark Lancaster MP getting stuck in.

As work to restore historic Bradwell Windmill nears completion, Milton Keynes North MP Mark Lancaster was given a guided tour – and a chance to leave his mark on the distinctive ‘cap’.

By the time the restoration is complete this summer, Milton Keynes will have its own operational windmill for the first time in 138 years.

Which means local people will once again be able to buy home-milled stoneground flour for their own baking…and enjoy the sight and sounds of turning sails and grinding millstones.

Bringing the mill back into operation is being achieved through a partnership between the building’s stewards, Milton Keynes Museum, and Milton Keynes Council, who funded the work of specialist heritage contractors Owlsworth JP.

Explained Museum volunteer Matthew Naylor: “The restoration has been in two areas: firstly making the building watertight, and secondly restoring the sails and the milling mechanism so it can do what it was intended to do.”

Up on the scaffold, MP Mark not only had a chance for a bird’s eye view of his constituency, he was also invited to pick up a paintbrush and help complete waterproofing of the windmill’s cap.

Said Mark: “It’s great to see the project coming to fruition after lots of hard work. Bradwell Windmill is an icon for the community and it’s great to know it will be put to good use for many years to come.”

Now the hunt is on to enlist more volunteers to help with the day-to-day maintenance of the mill, with open days, tours and visits, and, of course, with milling flour!

Contact Milton Keynes Museum on 01908 316222 if you are interested.