You may have seen this imposing building during your travels in the Great Haseley area of Oxfordshire. Sadly, it has fallen into neglect and the years have taken their toll. A major restoration project is now underway, aiming to return this historic building to its former glory. Follow the progress of the restoration in our blog....
The Restoration Team
The Restoration Team
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
The bolter is badly decayed. Part of the original cabinet has been preserved and the remainder is being remade around it - using the original as a pattern. A new spindle is also being turned and shaped, with the original ironwork to be set in at each end.
|The bolter cabinet, the back panel will be reused|
Posted by The Restoration Team at 17:41
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
The eastern Hurst frame beam, to support the stone floor, has been morticed and was ready to go into the mill. The 'easiest' way in was via the southern window. This had been filled in with block and brickwork some years ago. So, this was demolished and replaced with wooden shuttering. After a bit of modification to the internal scaffolding, we were ready for hoisting...
|The beam almost in position (rebate should be uppermost)|
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Thursday, 10 September 2009
The Hurst frame which supports the stone floor is being partially reconstructed. The original eastern beam is laying on top of the replacment, which will be morticed to match. In the foreground are other new members which will be shaped to form the Hurst frame.
Posted by The Restoration Team at 21:00
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Started work on the Hurst frame beams. The ends of the main transverse beams are set directly into the stone tower. The southern ends of both beams have virtually disappeared under the combined action of damp and boring insects. These are to be replaced; the rotten beam ends will be cut off and new pieces 'spliced' into place. This also involves a lot of stone work - raking out of the old cavity in the wall, creating a firm 'bed' for the new splice then making good.
|The beam end, a lot of death watch beetle damage...|
|Preparing the beam for the splice joint|
Posted by The Restoration Team at 20:00
Friday, 17 July 2009
|The south pair of stones|
The south pair of stones were in fairly good condition, with plenty of thickness left on the bedstone and runner. The plan was to lower the stones to the ground floor level, taking weight off the poor old beams and freeing up space for renewal of the stone floor.
Years of rust and pigeon deposits had resulted in the runner stone and its drive mechanism seizing together. After the application of chain blocks, scaffold tubes, rope, sweat and some cursing, the stone was finally freed and lowered, quickly (cough!) followed by the bed stone.
|"ground floor - haberdashery, mens fashion and stones...."|
Posted by The Restoration Team at 18:24
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Work has started on the restoration of Great Haseley windmill. The first job is not very pleasant - clearing out the masses of accumulated pigeon poo and the timber which is too far gone for preservation. Some of the more intact parts of the gearing will be recovered back to our workshop for attention.
Posted by The Restoration Team at 18:50