Bradwell Windmill Project has the wind in it’s sails

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Bradwell Windmill is set to receive a makeover.

The historic landmark, which was one of the most important to Milton Keynes when it was first established, is to be restored to its former glory.

The windmill has been in dire need of refurbishment for years and the council’s Cabinet Procurement Committee agreed to put out the tender for the £140,000 project to refurbish the grade 2 listed site at a meeting on May 7.

In the seventies, when Milton Keynes was just beginning, the Mill was one of its most important landmarks, featured regularly on postcards and souvenirs and highlighting the heritage of “new” Milton Keynes. As the town grew up around the Mill, obscuring it from the skyline, its significance seems to have been forgotten. Bill Griffiths, Director of the MK Museum said: “Restoring this Victorian Mill to its former glory will provide the people of Milton Keynes with a very special attraction and should help secure the future of this significant part of our local heritage. The Museum is proud to be involved in a project that fits its aims so well”

The council is now seeking a specialist millwright works contractor to carry out the work, which will involve returning the Windmill back to working order.

Councillor Peter Geary, the Cabinet member responsible for heritage, said: “This is an important piece of work.

“Whilst Milton Keynes is a very modern, go-ahead city we also have pockets of real history across the borough, and it is important that we preserve - and improve – them where possible.”