Filey’s Windmill Recreating an iconic building
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We   are   currently   basking   in   a   warm   glow   of satisfaction    at    seeing    the    rebuilding    of    the tower     finally     completed.     This     has     been tempered   somewhat   by   concern   at   the   way the   recent   gales   are   affecting   the   waterproof sheet   providing   the   weatherproofing.   We   had hoped   the   two   cargo   straps   we   used   would prevent   unwanted   movement   but   the   bottom strap   was   being   lifted   by   the   force   of   the   wind and   allowing   the   sheet   to   be   pulled   upward. We   were   sure   that   the   top   strap   being   tight under   the   corbeling   would   prevent   it   blowing off     but     we     needed     to     secure     the     skirt otherwise   it   would   tear   itself   to   shreds.   The
We    were    very    pleased    to    receive    news    from    our    millwright    Neil Medcalf   that   he   has   obtained   a   second-hand   curb   to   mount   the   cap on.   This   means   we   should   save   several   thousand   pounds   over   the
cost   of   having   a   new   one   cast   specially,   as   was   originally   budgeted for.   This   will   release   more   cash   towards   the   cost   of   the   sails   which will think will be the icing on the cake!
Good News from Lincolnshire
November 2017
It   seems   as   though   there   has   been   continuously   stormy   weather all   through   December   and   January   and   the   persistent   gales   proved far   too   much   for   the   original   tarpaulin   covering   on   the   mill   despite the   recent   costly   repairs.   As   a   result   considerable   volumes   of water    entered    the    building    soaking    the    internal    timber    work. Emergency   repairs   had   to   be   made   from   inside   the   tower   and, once    the    leaks    were    stopped,    heaters    and    dehumidifiers    were
pressed    into    urgent    service.    We    redoubled    our    efforts    to complete   the   design   of   a   more   substantial   tailor-made   solution and   contacted   several   local   suppliers;   the   contract   finally   going to   Mark   Britton   at   I   &   M   Tarpaulins   of   Full   Sutton.   We’re   now waiting   for   it   to   be   delivered   and   suitable   weather   conditions   to put it in place.
More Weather Woes
Cap That!
On    the    first    weekend    in    February    everything    finally    came together.    We    had    the    cherry    picker,    the    newly    fabricated reinforced   PVC   cap   and   the   weather   window   we   needed.   It took   a   lot   of   hard   work   to   unfasten   and   release   the   remains   of     original    tarpaulin    and    man-handle    the    replacement    up    the three   staircases   inside   the   tower.   We   held   our   breath   until   we
were   sure   it   fitted   over   the   brickwork   satisfactorily   and   then finally   tied   off   the   securing   lines   and   ratcheted   up   the   cargo straps,   unfortunately   due   to   time   pressure   we   didn’t   get   it quite   square   but   we   can   straighten   it   later   when   the   curb   is fitted.   We   believe   this   time   we   really   have   got   something which will survive anything the weather can throw at it!
The   spring   and   summer   months   have   flown   by   and   despite lots   of   action   behind   the   scenes   there   have   been   no   major changes   in   the   exterior   of   the   mill.   The   grounds   it   stands   in however   have   had   their   appearance   much   improved.   The hedges   have   been   trimmed   back   and   the   two   acres   of   grass
are    being    maintained    under        contract    by    Countrywide Services.   A   programme   of   regular   strimming   and   mowing   has begun    the    process    of    suppressing    perennial    weeds    and improving the texture of the turf.
During    the    winter    months    we    had    problems    with    vehicle access   to   the   mill   so   it   was   decided   to   go   ahead   with   the   new entrance,   access   road   and   parking   area   as   agreed   with   the planners   which   will   provide   easy   all-year-round   access   to   the
site.   After   considering   several   quotes   we   gave   the   contract   to BDS   of   Driffield   and   we   were   pleased   with   the   results   when their   team   completed   the   job   of   excavating,   strengthening   and then surfacing the redesigned approach.
Quite   late   in   the   autumn   we   were   fortunate   to   secure   the services    of    John    Edmond,    an    expert    local    builder    with experience   of   working   on   old   buildings,   who   undertook   the   job of    finishing    off    renovation    work    on    several    areas    of    the original    brickwork    which    had    deteriorated    during    its    long period   of   dilapidation.   His   first   task   was   to   reconstitute   the window   apertures   replacing   missing   and   damaged   bricks   and rebuilding   the   sills.   He   also   designed   and   fitted   stainless   steel
lintels to reinforce the arches over the original windows. With    the    brickwork    complete    Andrew    Stronach    from    Ryedale Joinery,   who   we   had   commissioned   to   design   the   windows,   came and   fitted   the   first   four   on   the   top   two   floors.   They   are   centre- hinged   to   match   the   originals   and   at   Andrew’s   suggestion   they were    made    from    Accoya    which    is    a    special    long    life    and    low maintenance   timber.   We   are   delighted   with   their   classic   period appearance.
Despite   our   earlier   optimism   the   second-hand   curb   found   in Lincolnshire   did   not   turn   out   to   be   suitable   for   our   mill   and   we will   therefore   be   forced   into   the   expense   of   having   a   new   one cast.   We   have   asked   Adam   Marriott   an   expert   millwright   from Teme   Valley   Engineers   to   visit   the   mill   and   make   a   template   of the   top   brickwork   locating   exactly   the   positions   of   the   holes   for the   securing   bolts.   He   will   then   have   a   wooden   pattern   made and   commission   a   foundry   to   cast   the   eight   segments   needed
in a suitable grade of iron together with its associated pinion to mesh   with   the   curb   teeth.   These   will   be   secured   through   a   new oak   frame   he   will   make   in   his   workshop.   He   hopes   this   can then   be   re-assembled   in   the   mill   field   and   craned   into   position in   the   new   year.   When   this   crucial   work   is   done   we   can   start   to make   plans   for   the   timber   ogee   cap   and   fantail   to   be   built   and fitted.
Gardening on a Grand Scale
Millwrighting Progress
Windows on the World
The Road Ahead
We   have   now   realised   that   a   securable   storage   area   will   be essential   when   work   begins   on   assembling   the   new   curb,   cap and   fantail   which   will   be   carried   out   in   the   mill   field   prior   to   it being   raised   into   place.   Rather   than   apply   for   an   additional building    we    have    applied    to    the    Planning    Department    for permission   to   change   the   official   use   and   rebuild   the   existing animal   shelter   and   store   which   has   stood   in   the   field   for   many
years.   At   the   same   time   the   visual   amenity   of   the   area   it   will be   improved   when   the   existing   building   is   dismantled   and   a new    one    is    sited    further    over    the    hill    making    it    virtually invisible   from   Muston   Road.   Without   a   separate   secure   store for   the   safety   and   maintenance   equipment   required   operation of the completed windmill would be impossible.
Planning Application
height   of   the   mill   meant   we   couldn’t   do   the work   off   ladders   and   the   cost   of   scaffolding it   was   £5000   so   it   was   decided   to   use   a cherry   picker.   Ring   bolts   were   securely   fixed into     the     brickwork     and     lines     passing through    eyelets    in    the    sheet    tied    off    to them.   Finally   two   lines   were   passed   over the   top   and   secured   in   the   same   way.   We have   our   fingers   crossed   that   this   will   prove an    adequate    answer    until    next    summer when    we    hope    to    see    the    cap    fitted. Meanwhile     we     are     planning     a     more substantial     solution     to     be     fitted     after Christmas.
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To be continued…
Exciting   news   from   our   millwright   Adam   Marriott.   The   eight cast   iron   curb   sections   and   the   cap   drive   pinion   should   be finished   at   East   Coast   Castings   in   Norwich   very   soon   and   after delivery   to   his   workshop   for   fettling   they   will   be   assembled onto   the   substantial   oak   frame   and   bolted   down   onto   the   mill
tower.   The   photographs   below      show   the   restoration   grade   oak frame    sections    and    Adam    in    the    pattern    makers    workshop viewing   the   wooden   patterns   for   the   curb   section   (painted   red) and   the   matching   pinion   (painted   yellow).   All   being   well   the curb installation will happen in July.
Conforming to Pattern
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