Windmills have been a unique and beautiful part of the British landscape for many hundreds of years. Despite the fact that Britain could once boast nearly as many mills as the Netherlands, there are unfortunately very few that still remain, and even fewer capable of work.

Teme Valley Heritage Engineers are proud to have been involved with the restoration of many windmills, and we assist with the maintenance to keep one of the few remaining true commercial windmills grinding, at Whissendine in Rutland. 

Teme Valley Heritage intimately know how these unique structures work, understanding the complex marriage of mechanical and structural considerations coming together to form a dynamic combination of building and machine. Through many years of fault finding and remedial work, we offer extensive experience in the maintenance, rebuilding and restoration of windmills.

The windmills of Britain exhibit remarkable aesthetic and mechanical variations between counties, for which they are famed, and these should be a primary consideration in any conservation work undertaken on them. It is essential that windmills are treated sensitively, as very often poorly executed repairs or misinformed restorations result in the loss of this regional character. Due to the complicated dynamic loads that a cap and sails impart on the windmill tower, erroneous restorations often result in structural damage to the mill which becomes very complicated and costly to rectify. They can be deceptively complex machines to correctly understand and great care must be excercised as we are, after all, merely custodians who are entrusted with the care of these buildings over just a short interval of their history.

After more than fifteen years working on a spectrum of projects, Teme Valley Heritage Engineers can perform any necessary fault finding, repairs and maintenance on any type of windmill. We can repair, rebuild, or where necessary replace any internal machinery, from upright shafts, timber gearing, flour sifting machines and stone furniture to patterns and castings for iron gears. We are able to manufacture new sails and caps of all varieties and sympathetically repair existing ones, and can also source, dress and set up millstones.

Whether simply performing repairs, making an accurate cap or sails for a converted mill tower, or returning a mill to full working order, and everything in between, get in contact with TVHE to see what we can do for your windmill. Visit the watermill tab for details on our millstone building, dressing and setting services.

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