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Granary progress

The granary is almost complete and has to have a further external coat of paint and the rainwater gutters and downpipes connected to the soakaway. Internally the electrics have to be completed and the walls painted all of which will … Continue reading

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Granary progress

The construction of a granary is a key project in the continuous improvements that we are making on the mill site. We have reached a significant milestone in the construction of the granary with the completion of the roof When … Continue reading

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The end of “Fort Knox”

Another major milestone in our progress to improve and develop the facilities at Thelnetham. The original “Fort Knox” housed the Ruston Hornsby engine in the right hand side and the well in the left hand side, which was also used … Continue reading

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New engine shed

In addition to the regular ongoing general maintenance and improvements to the mill and facilities, the main project has been to build the engine house for the Ruston Hornsby engine. This is almost complete except for a few minor jobs … Continue reading

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Dressing the mill stones

Both sets of milling stones were dressed in June 2016 using a combination of traditional and modern tools. The millwright is dressing the furrows and defining the stitching using the mill bill

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Hurst frame

In 1892 a Hurst frame was installed to enable flour to be milled when there was insufficient wind strength. The Hurst frame would have been driven by a portable steam engine by way of the pulleys on the outside of … Continue reading

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“Fort Knox” new engine shed

The right hand side of “Fort Knox” has been dismantled and the engine has been covered over, until the new engine shed has been built around it. We hope to complete the new shed by August 2016 utilising our volunteers. … Continue reading

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Hopton CEVC Primary School visit

The children of Ash class from Hopton CEVC Primary School made use of the visitor centre to help with their studies into the changing environment around the Hopton area They learned how wheat used to be harvested, how the mill … Continue reading

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Visitor centre

The old brick workshop, which has been renovated, modified, painted and is currently being converted into a visitor centre. A grass “patio” sown and improvements made by removing an eyesore wooden shed

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Passing of respected millwright –Vincent Pargeter

After a short illness, Vincent Pargeter, one of the most respected millwrights died on Saturday night. Over a career spanning 43 years, he led the protection and repair of numerous wind and watermills across the South East of England and … Continue reading

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