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Quainton Windmill Restoration Project
Awarded: £10,000

Region: Central

Quainton Parish Council is a Parish Council in Buckinghamshire. They have been working with Quainton Windmill Society to maintain and restore a local windmill to full working order.

The windmill is a Grade II listed building that dates back to 1832 and the building fabric had deteriorated over a number of years. The funding contributed towards the ongoing restoration work by enabling them to replace the external wooden viewing gallery, which was first installed in 1977 and was in a serious state of disrepair.

The restoration work has now been completed and the windmill is a working mill and visitor attraction. It is much admired and cherished by Quainton residents and is open to the public, as well as for visits from schools and education groups. The new gallery improves the visual character of the structure and, now the sails are also installed, it has generated more visitors. This has benefitted the village by providing extra business and income for the local shop, tea room and pub.

“The restoration of the Quainton windmill was a complex project with several phases to get the windmill fully repaired and functional.

“The HS2 CEF grant not only allowed for a vital part of its infrastructure to be replaced in the form of a new external gallery, the injection of external funding incentivised others to invest in the project and without doubt accelerated the work required so that the windmill is now in good working order.”

Brian Fludgate, Quainton Parish Council