Thursday 30 September at 1pm
The visit to Stelling Minnis Windmill will be led by Luke Bonwick, KCC Conservator, who with his team, is carrying out restoration work on this Mill.
The Grade One listed picturesque wooden smock mill at Stelling Minnis between Canterbury, Folkestone and Ashford has been completely renovated to repair weather damage. The mill is owned by Kent County Council and managed by the Stelling Minnis Windmill and Museum Trust which was came in being on 26 January 2010. It was built by the Holman brothers of Canterbury in 1866 and is known as Davison’s Mill after the family who worked it for a century until the last miller Alec Davison died in 1970.
Previous renovation was carried out by Owlsworth I.J.P. Conservation incorporating The Chiltern Partnership of Oxfordshire at a cost of £120,000. The money was provided jointly by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Kent County Council and the work took three months. The Mill itself and its associated museum were closed to visitors during renovation work.
The museum tells the story of mills and millers, the local agricultural scene and includes a diorama of the ancient manorial common of Stelling Minnis, one of the few remaining unenclosed commons in the South East.
The visit will begin at 1pm with an introductory talk by Luke followed by a tour of the mill. Tea and scones will be available at 3pm courtesy of the Windmill and Museum Trust.
The charge for the event will be £10 per head which includes refreshments and a contribution to the Windmill Trust.
As long as there is space on the event, we usually allow you to book for both yourself and a guest. When completing the booking form, you will be asked to select the number of people and put in your own details on the first page, then to put in your second person's details on the next page. The event fee shown on each of these pages is for the individual person - you will be shown the total amount due once you get to the summary page.
About the Kent and Surrey Regional Group
The group has run continuously since its foundation in 1994. We aim to hold around 10 to 12 events a year catering for a wide range of interest. Events include visits to buildings undergoing conservation and repair projects to allow members to see conservation in action, buildings and landscapes of historical and architectural interest, and visits to some of south east England’s most significant buildings including behind the scenes tours of Cathedrals, Royal Palaces and major military fortifications.
Booking Terms & Conditions
Accessibility: please contact the Group Organiser before booking to discuss any special access requirements.
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