Welcome to Wheatley Windmill

Welcome

The Mill is situated in Windmill Lane, Wheatley, Oxfordshire OX33 1TA, England, Great Britain.

Volunteers see Mill turning after restoration
 

Please Donate to
Wheatley Windmill Preservation Society

(Registered Charity No. 1079601)

Unfortunately, whilst milling some flour in July 2016, one of the stocks (the crossed beams that hold the sails) broke, and one sail crashed to the ground. Luckily, no-one was hurt. The Preservation Society now needs to raise the money to replace the stocks and the broken sail. Some of this may be raised by grants, and we are actively pursuing these, but much must be raised by your kind donations.

If you are able to help, please give a donation via the fundraising website, which is:
https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/wheatleysailrepair

You can also donate at the next Open Day - see the list of open days.

Please help to keep Wheatley Windmill working

It costs over £5000 per year to keep the mill running.
This year we have carried out the following maintenance:


January to March
  • Weathervane to be greased.
  • Mill to be spring-cleaned for the May Open Day.
  • Two of the fanwheel vanes were coming apart and need replacing.
  • In order to make the stones work properly it was necessary to extend the spindle on the governor and lower the beam.
  • Improve the support for the wallower and spur wheel by means of steel pins or similar.
April to June
  • Windows painted.
  • Weathervane greased.
  • The stones vacuumed.
  • Linseed oil had been applied to canister, hatch and surround and sail end of the wind shaft.
  • Grease to fanwheel.
July to September
  • Cleaning and Greasing the winding gear.
  • Sealant to be applied to fan blades on a dry day.
  • Governor belt, which had been removed for shortening, to be re-fixed.
  • Spot lights under cap to be cleaned.
  • About 45% of the sails had been painted: all of No.II, most of No.III and part of No.IV.
  • Windows within reach had been painted inside and outside, and sealed.
October to December
  • Attach edge strips to the fan blades.
  • The governor belt had been fixed but needed tightening.
  • Redundant electric gear to be removed.
  • Nut on brake lever to be tightened.
  • More dowels had been put in the teeth in the spur wheel and might need adjusting.
  • Sack hoist to be adjusted.
  • Retaining plates to be put on the spur wheel wedges.
  • Stop the fan wheel wobbling.
  • Repaint doors.
  • Finish painting sails.
  • Centring of the brake wheel.
  • Aqua seal to be applied to the sails.
  • Rebalance the sails.