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Heage Windmill

   
Address : Chesterfield Road
Town/City : Belper
County : Derbyshire
Country : England
Post code : DE56 2BH
Phone : 01773 853579
Web Site :  www.heagewindmill.org.uk

Following the latest advice from the Government about Covid 19, it has been decided to close Heage Windmill for tours and events for the foreseeable future. Our shop is also closed for the sale of flour.

This is disappointing news but these are difficult, unprecedented times that we are living through and we are sure you'll agree that it is vital to comply with governmental advice.

Essential maintenance will continue to be carried out to keep the mill safe. However, we will not be milling or selling flour in the foreseeable future.

When this situation changes, we will inform you on this website and our Facebook page.

However, the mill will still be there on top of the hill for us to admire and cherish.

Stay safe and healthy.

Heage Windmill is run by a charitable trust and operated by a team of volunteers. The mill opens to the public every Saturday and Sunday, from 11-00 until 4-00pm (Easter – end October), when guided tours explain the mill's workings and her history.

 

Heage - a derivation of 'High Edge' - comes from the Anglo-Saxon Heegge meaning high, lofty and sublime. It perfectly describes Heage Windmill. Presiding over spectacular views towards the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, the windmill was lovingly restored in 2002 and looks as good as when first built in 1797. A Grade II* listed building, it is now a major Derbyshire attraction with a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award and the only working six-sailed stone tower windmill in England.

Heage Windmill opens to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am until 4pm (Easter – end of October, including bank holidays) providing guided tours (each one around 45 minutes), where the guides – usually in costume - explain the mill's history and how she works. The windmill is run by a charitable Trust who delegate operations on a day to day basis to a devoted team of volunteers.

Guided tours are special because they bring the 'Old Lady' - as we call her - to life as the guides point up some of the myriad details developed over the years which make this windmill such a clever machine – because that is what she really is! Also, on site are various features that offer 'hands on' experience to even quite young visitors. Our visitor centre normally has bags of our stone ground flour on sale, milled on the very machinery you have seen on your tour. Light refreshments and souvenirs are also available.

The mill was restored to working order as a result of the efforts of a group of dedicated volunteers but new volunteers are always welcome. These include guides, shop workers, millers and a team which looks after the maintenance of the mill and her surroundings, keeping them in tip top condition.

The role volunteers can play in keeping the building in operation was recently demonstrated when we learnt that two sails needed to be replaced due to rot and that new ones would be on a two-year delivery programme. 'We can surely make them quicker ourselves' they agreed. And they did! Six months after taking delivery of the timber - and some 750 man/woman hours later - the new sails were fitted to the windmill. It was a proud demonstration of great teamwork, and proved immensely satisfying for all involved.

Alan Eccleston, chairman of Heage Windmill Society, said: 'We are so proud of and grateful for the commitment shown by our maintenance volunteers and I would like to invite anyone else who is seeking a new interest to come and join our group. They will be made very welcome.'

If you are interested please contact Lynn Allen on 01773 715 177 (lynnallen13@hotmail.com) or visit our web site www.heagewindmill.org.uk for more details on volunteering.

 

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