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   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.
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
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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    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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After   some   unlooked   for   delays   we   are   pleased   to   report   we   now   have eight   perfect   castings   fresh   from   their   mould   and   Adam   Marriott   is planning   to   bring   them   up   to   Filey   and   assemble   them   on   top   of   the mill   tower   in   the   next   few   weeks.   This   will   mean   hiring   a   cherry   picker to   enable   us   to   lift   off   the   cover,   bolt   them   to   the   oak   frames   and   then bolt   the   whole   assembly   down   to   the   oak   pads   embedded   in   the
brickwork   before   replacing   the   cover   again.   Unfortunately   anyone viewing   the   mill   afterwards   will   not   be   able   to   see   the   progress   we are   making   but   our   plans   for   the   restoration   are   moving   slowly   but surely   forward.   The   photographs   above   show   the   new   castings   at Purbright   &   Co   who   carried   out   the   work   prior   to   being   collected   by Adam for fettling.
The Die is cast
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Meanwhile… its gone pitch black at the mill
After   several   weeks   of   dry   sunny   weather   in   the   summer   we   were   determined   to   get   a   coat   of   waterproofing   tar   onto   the   mill   before the   winter   arrived.   The   problem   was   that   there   didn’t   appear   to   be   any   producers   of   this   invaluable   product   left   in   the   UK;   however two   drums   were   eventually   imported   from   a   supplier   in   Spain   and   John   Edmond   and   his   team   soon   had   a   couple   of   coats   worked   well into the brickwork to provide a vital seal against damp. We think it looks pretty good as well!