In an unusual commission Peter Cox has recently completed a specialist timber survey of the sails of the historic Heckington windmill located between Sleaford and Boston in Lincolnshire. The only 8 sailed windmill still standing in the UK, it was originally built in the 1830’s although the sails date from 1892.
Working from a platform hoist the company’s surveyors found areas of ‘soft rot’ which will be repaired in-situ but in two of the sails there was evidence of significant wet rot in the main shaft and here it was judged that the affected timber will have to be replaced by the local millwright.
The structure featuring a black tarred brick tower had been active up until 1946 when it was closed. But it was restored by enthusiasts in 1982 and continues to be a working mill today with the sails driving four pairs of mill stones.