Thank you to everyone who supported our windmill appeal

You did it!

Our Lacey Green Windmill – the oldest surviving smock mill in England and Grade II* listed – is in urgent need of specialist repairs and thanks to the passionate people of the Chilterns we've now raised the money we need to carry out these works over the summer.

It’s testament to renovation works in the 1970s and 80s, and unfailing dedication of our volunteers, that the mill has stood the test of time. Now hundreds of Chiltern Society supporters and organisations have stepped forward to raise the £53,000 we needed. 

The Chilterns is a special place and together we can keep it that way. Thank you to everyone who has supported the appeal.

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 by volunteers – we are now faced with another challenge, as following its latest inspection experts have confirmed work is 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.

Thanks to the passionate people of the Chilterns we have now raised the £53,000 needed to complete the urgent works.

If you would like to give for the ongoing maintenance and care of the Lacey Green Mill you can still donate here.

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Thanks to you we can now:

Part of one of Lacey Green Windmill's rotten stocks

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.

Lacey Green Windmill showing the smock boarding

Repair and weatherproof 190sq metres of wooden smock boarding on the exterior of the mill.

Lacey Green Windmill with one of its sails on the ground

Repaint each 9.4 metre sail before they are lifted back into place.

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