Sutton’s secret windmill gets lottery cash windfall

Windmill in Sutton set for big renovations. l-r Marg Thorne Sutton-in-Ashfield Library, Councillor Kier Barsby, Ian Morris Sutton Heritage Society, Councillor May Barsby, Darron Ellis Sutton Living Memory Group, Angela Morris Sutton Heritage Society and Dennis Hill from Heritage Office at Ashfield DC.

Windmill in Sutton set for big renovations. l-r Marg Thorne Sutton-in-Ashfield Library, Councillor Kier Barsby, Ian Morris Sutton Heritage Society, Councillor May Barsby, Darron Ellis Sutton Living Memory Group, Angela Morris Sutton Heritage Society and Dennis Hill from Heritage Office at Ashfield DC.

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A hidden heritage gem in Sutton is set for a new lease of life after Ashfield District Council secured £30,000 of lottery funding for the project.

Many people will not know that Sutton has its very own windmill, which was built in the 1820s and is located just off High Pavement.

The mill is currently in quite a bad state of repair, being just the empty shell of a tower mill with no roof or sails.

But Ashfield District Council has managed to secure £30,000 of Heritage Lottery Fund cash to turn it into a local heritage centre that will be dedicated to the history of the mills of Sutton.

Denis Hill, the council’s heritage and tourism officer, said: “The lottery funds will enable a hidden roof to be installed and the windows to be glazed, along with other associated works, which will be carried out by the local company, Vaughandale Construction Ltd.

“However the most exciting part of the project is working with several local groups to research the history of Sutton’s mills and create exciting displays to go around it and to write a book.”

Groups who are involved in the windmill renovation project include The Sutton Centre Academy, the Ashfield University of the Third Age (U3A), Fresh Fields, Sutton Living Memory Group and the Sutton Heritage Society.

These groups will work together to form a ‘Friends’ group to coordinate the work and to help look after the mill in the future.

Building works will take place between June and July this year but the displays will not be erected until the research is completed.

Sutton’s secret windmill is one of only two stone built windmills surviving in Nottinghamshire. It is frequently referred to as ‘Lindley’s Mill’ after the family that built it.

After its renovation, visitors will be able to see the mill by appointment.

Anyone with any memories of the windmill, or anyone who wants to be involved in the project should contact Denis Hill on Mansfield 457426 or email d.g.hill@ashfield.gov.uk.