An update on The White Mill, Sandwich

Earlier this year, the cap was restored to its rightful place atop the White Mill in Sandwich, after a few years on the ground undergoing extensive restoration. This was a major event in the life of the Mill, and was featured on the radio, on television news and in the press.

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But that’s not all! Another milestone has been reached, as the fantail is now in full working order. The blades have been reconstructed to the original pattern, the metal supports have all been re-cast and the whole unit carefully reassembled and reinstated to fine tolerances. Despite being torn off and severely damaged midway through the repair by storm Brendan, the fantail is now running freely and is ready to do its work.

The job of the fantail is to catch the prevailing wind and use this to rotate the cap, and with it the sweeps, to the optimum position to convert the wind into power to operate the machinery to grind the flour. The four sweeps (or sails) have been remade, and will be lifted into position soon, hopefully in the spring. You can clearly see, to the left of the picture, the beautifully restored canister, ready to take the sweeps when the time comes.

The mill is open throughout the year. Our volunteers turn up in rain or shine every Tuesday and Friday morning, and you are very welcome to come and visit at those times. Just turn up. Entry is free, but please bring a donation.


Volunteers Needed

We at the White Mill are always looking for volunteers. Particularly at the moment we need people to help out on our Sunday opening days. If you enjoy talking to people and sharing your knowledge you will enjoy this role. The Mill is open on the first Sunday of each month between April and September, 10am – 4pm. You would not be expected to attend all day. If you would like to join us, please get in touch, or just turn up and chat to our friendly volunteers. We are here every Tuesday and Friday morning. You will soon get to know your way around the Mill, and be able to look after and guide our visitors.

Message us on our Facebook @whitemillruralheritagecentre, or email [email protected]


Gareth Winters

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