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Burgh le Marsh windmill repair plans submitted to Lincolnshire County Council





Plans to repair a storm-damaged windmill and bring it back into use have been submitted to Lincolnshire County Council.

Dobson’s Mill, in Burgh le Marsh, had its sails ripped off during Storm Ciara back in 2020 after winds reached 70mph.

The damage saw the evacuation of nearby residents and damage to surrounding structures attached to the mill.

Dobson's Mill in Burgh le Marsh was damaged during the storm. Here is a view of the site from High Street looking southeast.
Dobson's Mill in Burgh le Marsh was damaged during the storm. Here is a view of the site from High Street looking southeast.

Part of the building reopened last year; however, according to the planning application from Kier Construction, the windmill currently serves no purpose.

“Its future is therefore in doubt. Volunteers have been willing to care for the fabric on a day-to-day basis but with no purpose, that enthusiasm is at risk of dying away,” said documents submitted to the county council.

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“Reinstating the cap and sails in a fully working manner will give back the purpose of the mill, helping the Burgh le Marsh Heritage Group to attract members and to bring in visitors.

“This will help to secure the long-term future of the mill and the site generally.”

A view of the west elevation.
A view of the west elevation.

Repairs will restore the mill's ability to grind meal using wind power.

The Grade I listed structure, built in 1844, operated commercially until 1965.

The Covid-19 pandemic delayed repairs, but parts of the mill now operate, including the Les Osborne Heritage Room and tearooms.

Volunteers have hoped to have the sails back on the mill by late 2025 or 2026.

Fallen and broken parts in storage.
Fallen and broken parts in storage.

Developers noted materials will match existing, including traditional iron casting.

Broken parts will be recorded for historic purposes, and the sails will match their original design.

However, additional safety measures will include kerb improvements to prevent future “tail winding” incidents.



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