With Funding secured through the City Council, Historic England, and the council’s North Area Strategic Initiatives Budget, the Fulwell Windmill restoration project has now started it’s final phase.
Completion is targeted for around Christmas 2017, and will see the iconic Mill restored to it’s former glory.
Led by a team of specialists including Beaumont Brown Architects and Owlsworth IJP specialists Millwrights, the work is now in full swing creating new cap, fantail and sails, which will all be installed later 2017.
Owlsworth IJP said of the Mills restoration:
“Only a small proportion of the once large stock of Mills remain today, and so we feel a duty to retain the skills necessary to understand and repair these wonderful structures.
“It is immensely satisfying to see a once redundant mill returned to life, and even produce flour again.
“Our resident millwright Paul lives and breathes wind and water mills and will be more than happy to discuss anything mill related.”
Beaumont Brown Architects, which was commissioned by the council to draw up plans as part of a listed building consent and planning permission consent, states:
“As the most mechanically and structurally complete windmill in the North East, Fulwell Windmill is a regionally and nationally significant example as well as an important community asset and a much-loved local landmark.
“It has the potential to become a fantastic, authentic working windmill, standing on a well-winded and visually prominent site by a main road.”
Fulwell Windmill Visitor Centre
Having undergone a major transformation, Fulwell Windmill Visitor Centre is now open to the public.
The centre includes a new café and community outreach programme.
Fulwell Mill Tearooms will be open to the public Wednesday – Saturday 10am-3pm*
For details of the community programme please ring 0191 516 9790.
As part of the new programme Sunderland North Community Business Centre (SNCBC) are looking for volunteers who would like to get more involved with Mill.
If you are interested in becoming a Friend of Fulwell Mill, please contact 0191 516 9790.
*These times are subject to change until full refurbishment works are finalised in December 2017