Keeping history alive
Welding repairs to Oldland Windmill, Hassocks, West Sussex
Oldland windmill was built in 1703 and is situated in the pretty village of Hassocks, set within the South Downs National Park. For over 200 years the windmill ground wheat and grain for the local community. Sadly by 1912 it was surplus to requirements and abandoned. By the 1980s it was in a sorry state of disrepair. Luckily a dedicated team of volunteers undertook a complete restoration of the windmill and returned it back to its original working condition. As a testimony to the volunteers’ hard work and quality of workmanship, they were awarded the Sussex Heritage Trust award in 2011 and an important part of our local history is now safeguarded.
Like any historical exhibit, Oldland Windmill requires ongoing maintenance. Recently a defect was noticed on one of the eccentric pulleys that adjusts shutters on the sweeps. The pulleys are made out of cast iron and are over 100 years old. We were delighted to be asked to undertake the repair work and carefully built up the eroded section of the casting. We are pleased to be able to help with the preservation of such a historic local landmark.
Oldland windmill is open to the public on the first Sunday of every month between April and October. On Sunday 7th July they are holding an open afternoon with a free shuttle service running close to the Thatched Inn. Themed events are also organised throughout the year.
We’d certainly recommend a visit www.oldlandwindmill.co.uk/newsite/