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

Friday, 17 July 2009

South stones lowered

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...."

Thursday, 16 July 2009

And so it begins.......

The 'before' shot! Hopefully in a few years there will be an 'after' shot with quite dramatic improvements.

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.