Hardley Windmill Restoration

Hardley is a 19th century marsh drainage windmill and is the only example south of the river Yare.  The overall project at Hardley was to fully restore the mill and also build a visitors centre, as the windmill lies on the Wherrymans Way - a popular footpath which winds its way along the Broads and through picturesque Norfolk.

WREN Funding of £20,000 was awarded to the Hardley Windmill Trust to purchase the materials for a new cap and fantail. They were extremely fortunate to have an army of experienced volunteers at their disposal, who were able to freely provide thousands of pounds worth of labour, to create and engineer the necessary parts. All of this was carried out under the strict supervision and guidance of the millwright for the main building restoration - Vincent Pargeter.

All of the work has been completed on the restoration of the mill, with just the sails to be fitted so that it can be finally seen in full sail later this summer. 

The visitors centre will display not only history of the area, and the mill, but will also have some of the wooden moulds which were made to make the cast iron parts for the cap itself.  It's sedum roof is seen from the cap viewing platform, aswell as a wide view across the southern broads. In addition to the visitors centre, a new 60m floating pontoon gives charging points for the broads electric boats.


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Norfolk & Suffolk
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Jan 01, 2008
May 09, 2009
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FCC Community Action Fund
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