£1.2 million restoration of historic English windmill boosts tourism

Bosses at Heckington Windmill in Lincolnshire, England are reporting record numbers of visitors 12 months after the iconic building had its sails replaced.

The 18th century tourist attraction underwent work to install eight new sails in July last year, marking the first part of a £1.2m restoration project, which includes plans for a visitor centre.

The work allowed the windmill to start milling flour again for the first time in four years.

Plans for the regeneration of the site include creating a new visitor centre in the granary, moving the shop from the windmill into the granary, reinstating mill stones onto the ground floor of the mill, a display showing a full history of the site, restoring other buildings and the setting of the mill, and reinstating the old bake house.

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