This guide includes chapters on the practical details of repair, millers and millwrights, house conversion, and more.
All old buildings need regular care and maintenance in order to prevent serious disrepair. Windmills and watermills are by their nature exposed to wear from wind and water in addition to facing problems common to historic buildings. The resources below provide information and guidance on repairing, maintaining and operating mills. They enshrine the Mills Section’s philosophy of repair of windmills and watermills.
Principles and practice in windmill repair
Damp problems in brick windmill towers
There is no easy answer to the problem of leaky windmill towers. Our guidance leaflet considers the causes of damp in brick towers and suggests different options to address the problem effectively.
Repair of Waterwheels
Waterwheels come in all sizes, and the problems are basically the same for large wheels as for small ones.
Health and safety in windmills and watermills
As mills were not designed for public viewing, and were built long before modern safety standards were thought of, this guide has been written to help mill owners and managers to comply with modern legislation and safety expectations while keeping a mill as original as possible.