Can you help protect this iconic Chilterns landmark?
Our Lacey Green Windmill – the oldest surviving smock mill in England and Grade II* listed – is in urgent need of specialist renovations. Following its latest inspection, experts have identified that major works are now critical.
With only minor maintenance for almost 50 years, it’s testament to renovation works in the 1970s & 80s, and unfailing dedication of our volunteers, that the mill has stood the test of time.
Producing flour until 1915, some of the mill’s timber machinery dates back to the 1600s. The machinery is now too fragile and precious to use, but every year hundreds of visitors can climb its four floors to view the mechanism which allowed a single miller to manage the whole process of grinding grain. Faced with collapse before – and saved – we are now faced with another challenge, as following its latest inspection experts have confirmed renovations are vital.
Your support will safeguard the mill’s place in the landscape and history, as a centuries-old source of local pride and identity, and valuable community amenity.
Restoration will be costly for our charity and we need you to help us raise the £53,000 needed to complete the urgent works.
Click either option below to take action.
With your help we will:
Craft new 11 metre timbers, called stocks, which the sails are attached to.
Construct and replace a broken cap roller and a worn winding gear wheel.
Repair and weatherproof 190sq metres of wooden smock boarding on the exterior of the mill.
Repaint each 9.4 metre sail before they are lifted back into place.
However you choose to help us achieve our mission, together we can save this landscape for future generations
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