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  1. Beautifully restored bijou Windmill. The first written evidence concerning the mill is dated 1671, describing it as being “in a ruinous condition” even then. In 1760, there was significant fire and wind damage. New machinery was installed in 1784, supplied by the Eagle Ironworks in Oxford. After 1914, the Windmill fell into disuse and disrepair. However, the Wheatley Windmill Restoration Society has been restoring the Windmill since 1977 and it is currently open to the public. The Octagonal shape of this 18th-century Tower Mill is distinctly unusual; there are only 2 or 3 such towers in the UK. The Tower has 3-Storeys. There are 2 fireplaces on the ground floor (some Mills only had one, and others none at all) and a properly framed staircase leads to the ‘Stone floor’, i.e. the 1s-Floor, where the Millstones are set. The original curved Dome Cap was copper clad and has been described as being ‘picturesque without being elegant’. There were originally 4 sails (which turned clockwise rather than the more usual anti-clockwise) but for a time the Windmill operated on 2 Sails only. These were of the ‘common’ type with a wooden frame rigged with Canvas which could be set according to the state of the Wind and the amount of work the Miller had to do. The Canvas used was similar to that used on Thames Barges. Located at the end of Windmill Lane.


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