September 3, 2008

Makeover to Protect Mill’s Rich Heritage

A Major renovation of Skidby Mill is set to start next week.

The cap and four sails of the 187-year-old mill will be removed as part of the work, giving visitors the rare opportunity to see them on the ground.

It follows an inspection that revealed the need to replace some structural timbers in the cap and fantail - the smaller sails at the back of the windmill.

It is expected the original cap and sails will be replaced during February next year.

Jane Bielby, museums outreach officer for East Riding Council, said she believed the work being carried out would secure the windmill's long-term future.

She said: "Being the East Riding's only working windmill, Skidby is a truly unique historic building.

"This major maintenance programme will ensure the mill is in excellent working order for many years to come.

"This purely restorative work is only needed infrequently.

"It will not see any change to Skidby as a heritage building and is being carried out to preserve the rich history of the mill. It should keep it in good condition for decades."

Millwrights are already on site to begin preparations and the lifting, which will require a heavy crane, will begin next Monday. It is expected to take three days.

During this time, the site, including the Lempicka cafe, will be closed to the public.

The cafe will re-open once the crane has completed its work and the mill will reopen to the public on Saturday, September 13.

Work on the mill will continue throughout the autumn, during which parts of the courtyard will be closed for health and safety reasons.

Access to the mill and cafe will not be affected and activities such as visits, room hire and holiday workshops will continue as normal.

Skidby Windmill is open daily from 10am to 5pm, with last admissions at 4.15pm.

The windmill will be closed between Monday and Friday, September 12, or as dictated by the maintenance works.

For more information on the closures or facilities offered, call the mill direct on (01482) 848405.

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