Section wishes to stress the importance of traditional millwrights in the
repair and maintenance of the historic machinery in our mills. This Directory
has been prepared in the hope that it will be of assistance to
persons seeking the services of millwrights.
To ensure that this Directory remains representative, we welcome enquiries from millwrights wishing to be added to the Directory. We also welcome comments regarding quality of workmanship from those who have recently used the services of a millwright (whether listed in the Directory or not).
On the basis of reports received, the Section believes that the millwrights listed below should offer a satisfactory standard of workmanship, but it cannot guarantee that this will be the case, and can bear no liability for any claims or other matters which may arise from reliance on the Directory. It is essential that you make your own enquiries. Nonetheless, to assist those seeking the service of millwrights listed in this Directory, the following may be relevant:
Note that the
firms and individuals listed do not operate only in their own local areas, and
they may be prepared to travel to carry out suitable work.
Inclusion in this directory is not, in any way, a recommendation. Neither The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) nor the Mills Section of the SPAB accepts any liability.
|Ian M. Clark
ACR Eng Tech MIMechE
|Ian Clark Restoration|
1 Railway Cottages, Itchen Abbas, Hampshire SO21 1BA
Tel: 01962 779495 (mobile 07836 536932)
Further information on professional experience, including case studies of recent mill work, can be found on Ian Clark Restoration's website.
Carom Water Crafts
|Dorothea Restorations||Unit 4, William Street, St Philips, Bristol, BS2 0RG|
Tel: 0117 2392691
Dorothea Restorations can undertake: complete or part restoration of any kind of windmill or watermill; condition surveys, maintenance reports and emergency repairs; millstone dressing; supply of composite millstones. They also stock a few French burr stones, depending on sizes required.
Clencher's Mill: restoration of the waterwheel, replication of pentrough and missing bypass sluice; refurbishment of main shaft bearings and renewal of foot and upright shaft bearings.
Houghton Watermill: installation of a refurbished set of French burr millstones and stone crane into the mill and motorising to provide additional flour production due to increased demand.
|David Empringham Woodworking
233 Desborough Avenue, High Wycombe, Bucks HP11 2TW|
Tel: 01494 443271 or 01494 715264 (workshop)
David Empringham Woodworking have a combined experience of 76 years and have worked on both traditional watermills and windmills. They deal with timber frame work, engineering, castings - making patterns both large and small, reassembling and dressing French burr stones, masonry work, and research into social and technological history.
Great Haseley Windmill, Oxfordshire: rebuilding all floors; replacing masonry internally and externally together with new lintels; making and fitting new sash windows throughout; rebuilding bolter and drive; making new stone furniture; raking out old cement pointing and repointingwhole tower with lime mortar; complete rebuild of cap; making common sails and fan with associated drive mechanism.
Feckenham Watermill, Worcestershire: making patterns to provide rim sections and hib spiders; making oak shaft and fitting cross tail gudgeons and bands
Eastington Watermill, Gloucestershire: making complete set of parts including a pattern for hubs, providing machined steel shaft with shell bearings, and making oak rims and spokes, starts, paddles and sole boards.
|Janes Limited||The Old
Dairy, Holwell, Cranborne, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 5QP|
Tel: 01725 517170
|Paul Kemp||26 Abbots Drive, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, SS17 7DG|
Tel: 07973 701584
Paul Kemp is experienced in: applying lead flashing, the Belzona Membrane System and various types of paint; producing steelwork and patterns for casting; applying weatherboarding to caps, smock towers and post mill bucks.
Fulbourn Windmill, Cambridgeshire: new sail frames, stocks and clamps.
Coleshill Windmill, Buckinghamshire: rebuilding of fanstage and fan; re-boarding of the cap; repairs to the sails and stocks and production of new stock clamps with iron work.
Hawridge Windmill, Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire: repairs to cap frame and cap circle; ongoing work to produce a new fanstage, fan and four new sails.
Further examples of work are available on request.
Traditional Millwrights Ltd.|
Home Farm, Alford Road, Farlesthorpe, Alford, Lincolnshire LN13 9PH
Tel: 01507 463617 (mobile 07958 710378)
Traditional Millwrights Ltd was founded by Neil Medcalf in 2002. They have almost 60 years' combined experience repairing and maintaining historic wind and water mills. Many of these mills are working mills, some commercially. This allows them to work closely with experienced millers so understanding how to present mills to the public as well keeping them running smoothly. Specifications for grants undertaken, general advice or in depth consultation carried out. The company works nationwide for a variety of clients including local authorities, English Heritage, Historic Scotland, The National Trust, heritage organisations and private individuals. They have recently restored an empty Mill Tower back to full commercial working order and so have practical experience of all millwrighting work. Customers use the company time and again and are happy to provide references which you are encouraged to take up. Information on latest projects can be found on their website and Twitter.
|Owlsworth IJP Ltd||Unit 2, Paddock Road Industrial Estate, Caversham, Reading RG4 5BY |
Tel: 0118 946 9169
Owlsworth IJP work on both windmills and watermills and offer the full spectrum of mill-related work from minor repairs to full conservation projects on working mills and mill machinery plus full condition surveys, including repair specifications for funding applications.
All work is undertaken in-house by highly skilled craftsmen including carpenters, heavy timber framers, blacksmiths, masons and bricklayers. Work can be carried out either on site or in Owlsworth IJP's extensive workshops to include sail manufacture, stone furniture and gear cogging. They also carry out regular maintenance regimes including stone dressing to small mills and commercial outlets.
Downfield Windmill, Soham: new sails and stocks; repairs to cap frame; re-cladding cap in traditional Cambridgeshire style; re-instating fan stage and fly frame to original detail.
Shepherd Wheel, Sheffield: complete rebuild of iron waterwheel including main shaft bearings; construction of new timber pentrough, recogging of pitwheel; new bronze shells made to fit existing cast iron bearing chairs for layshafts, repairs to timber belt pulleys and new belts; returned to working order.
Shipton Mill, Gloucestershire: construction of new timber hurst frame to carry two pairs of millstones; electric motors installed with gearboxes and softstart electric invertors; regular stonedressing for commercial milling of Duchy of Cornwall wheat.
|Richard M. Seago||Mill House, Mill Road, South Walsham, Norwich NR13 6DF|
Tel: 01603 270214
|Geoff Wallis Conservation||Tamar House, 14 Broncksea Road, Bristol BS7 0SE|
Tel & Fax: 0117 9697815 (mobile 0758 4060 806)
|| 9 Mayflower Avenue, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 1BU|
Tel: 07773 992438 or 01728 605770
|Bonwick Milling Heritage Consultancy||Luke Bonwick|
Stoneycroft, West End Road, Bursledon, Southampton, SO31 8BP
Tel: 07733 108409
1 Trinity Cottages, Cullompton, Devon EX15 1PE
Page last updated 1st February 2016