Mill Machinery Restoration

Our millwrights Derek and Simon Janes, of Janes Ltd, of Wimborne in Dorset, have been on site since late August. They began by clearing the machinery areas and assessing repairs and replacement needs, and are carrying out some restoration work in their own workshop. The millwrights are working first on re-assembly of the lower wheel machinery. This has not operated for many decades. Buckets from the waterwheels were removed and will be replaced with new, locally-grown larchwood buckets. Damaged cast-iron sections of the wheels have also been removed – the millwrights will use these as moulds to cast new sections. Design for a new launder is also underway; locally-grown larch will be used.