Technical advice

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.

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Principles and practice in watermill repair

A guide to maintenance and repair. It includes information on brick, roof, structural timber repair and more.

Glossary of mill terms

In 1996 Tony Yoward created a glossary to provide a standard definition of mill terms to enable expressions to be understood.

Principles and practice in windmill repair

This guide includes chapters on the practical details of repair, millers and millwright, house conversion, and more.