Bardwell Mill


Bardwell is a village in Suffolk. I visited on June 2, 2006 to see the windmill which is undergoing re-construction.and returned in July 2007 and July 2008 & June 2011 to see how work was progressing.

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Bardwell Mill
School Lane, Bardwell, Suffolk IP31 1AD - England, UK             Phone: +44 (0)1359 251331

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When I first visited the windmill had no sails.........   Some work on the fantail has been completed
........but the wood was ready for construction to begin in June 2006 By July 2007 some work had been done.
We met the owner, Enid Wheeler, who was incredibly hospitable.

We not only climbed up the mill to see the next level but also inside her house.

This made it such a special birthday for Judy.

Her husband, Geoffrey Wheeler, (who died in 1995) was an illustrator of trains and drew centre page cutaway pictures in "The Eagle" comic for boys which john remembers well.

Examples of other Eagle cutaway drawings on this page

Prints of Geoffrey Wheeler's locomotive and traction engine drawings can be obtained.

The mill is at School Lane, Bardwell, Suffolk IP31 1AD ,England
Phone: +44 (0)1359 251331
July 2008  

We decided to support the work by sponsoring a vane

Up some steps

Extract from UK Attractions:

Bardwell Windmill lies smack bang in the middle of the tranquil village of Bardwell deep in the beautiful Suffolk countryside. The current windmill has been in the same place since 1829 but there has been a windmill in Bardwell since the 13th Century. It worked by wind power up until 1925 but then transferred over to engine power. Sadly the mill was unlucky enough to be the only windmill in the country to be damaged in the great winds of 1987 when the sails and fantail were torn off.

Information on the impact of the 1987 storm


John was particularly interested in the "governor"  early Cybernetics

Extract from EDP's "On the Trail of the Miller"

Going back to the Miller’s Trail, the next stage of the route travels across the A143 to Bardwell, where Enid Wheeler and her family have spent years restoring their private windmill after it was badly damaged in the great storm of 1987.

Two years ago a new cap was fitted but the mill now needs sails to complete it. Despite this it attracts a steady stream of visitors from all over the world who visit the mill to look around, to browse the numerous craft stalls and other attractions it has on open days and to enjoy Mrs Wheeler’s legendary hospitality.

“Restoration is very slow because the sails will cost around £65,000 and unfortunately we can’t afford as a family to put up the lump sum that’s needed before we can apply for a grant,” she said.

“So instead we have to fund-raise for it, which takes time, but we’re ever hopeful we’ll get there eventually. With the cap on the mill already looks gorgeous and people who visit are very appreciative, though some who’re looking for a twee, finished mill sometimes drive off without coming in.

“I’ve always let people come in whenever I’m around because I think it’s important that people should be able to see inside these places and feel welcome and it really is amazing how kind people who give donations are. Opening the mill has been an honour really, I’ve met people from all over the world. Only the other day I got a letter from an American who’d visited us and inside the letter was a cheque for £50.”

I have been in correspondence with the owner's son, Jonathon Wheeler, who gave me an update that the first pair of sails were hoisted on the mill on August 12, 2010 and sent me these two photos.
I visited again on June 25, 2011 as part of "Bardwell Open Gardens"

Video of first sail rotating on "Threshing Day" July 21, 2011

View from the Church Tower Click for more Threshing Day July 21, 2011

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