Guest Page No. 4

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Heage Windmill

Heage WindmillNovember 2004 - Earlier this year I visited the windmill at Heage and showed several photos from there elsewhere on this site - click here to view. Since then, one of the volunteer guides who works at the mill has contacted me sending a number of images that have been taken on the dust floor of the mill where visitors are not normally allowed for safety reasons. A Fuji 4900 x 6 zoom camera was used to capture the images and all the information that accompanies them has also been provided by the photographer.
All images are copyright protected and used with permission.
Truck Wheel

This image shows one of the six truck wheels that run on the inside of the curb and help keep the mill cap centralised.

This view is looking up beyond the gear on the dust floor to the apex of the wooden O'gee cap.

This is the hoist that raises the sacks of corn to the Bin Floor. It is friction driven from a wheel rubbing on the underside of the wallower gear, the wallower being the gear that changes the rotation of the wind shaft from horizontal to vertical.

Disaster would strike if the sails were not kept in the correct position and this shows a few of the gears involved in the drive train from the fantail. This drive rotates the cap and keeps the sails facing into the wind.
Striking Gear

The sails of the mill, despite appearances from a distance, are not solid but are made up of a number of shutters. This close up shows the rotating end of the striking gear. This rod passes through the centre of the hollow windshaft and it is this mechanism which allows the miller to control the angle of the sail shutters.
SPAB Award

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) is a national body that has been giving awards since 1991 for outstanding restoration, involvement of the local people and the ability to carry out maintenance in the future to the present standard. To date very few have been awarded but Heage Mill has been the proud recipient of No. 12.
The mill is closed for winter maintenance/improvements and at the time of writing a new spring loaded leather wiper is being made to ensure that the flour which spills out of the millstones circumference is taken around the receiving track and into the floor exit hole. When the mill is working it is not possible to see the wiper as it is covered by the wooden tun but when the mill re-opens next year I'm sure it will be in tip top condition. You can find out more about the mill here.