Crowning glory for Norfolk mill being brought back in to full working order

Horsey Mill is resplendent with its new cap after an operation to put it back on was completed today

Horsey Mill is resplendent with its new cap after an operation to put it back on was completed today. Photo Alex Green/National Trust - Credit: Alex Green/National Trust

Horsey windpump's shiny new cap was hoisted aloft and gingerly dropped into place during a 45 minute operation in Norfolk today.

Horsey Mill's new cap before being hoisted aloft and fitted to the 100 year old pump. Photo: Alex Gr

Horsey Mill's new cap before being hoisted aloft and fitted to the 100 year old pump. Photo: Alex Green/National Trust - Credit: Alex Green/National Trust

Some 100 people turned out to witness the historic re-crowning of one of the county's most accessible drainage mills, staged against a wide canvas of bright blue skies.

It ends a lidless year for the century-old roadside windpump which survived Storm Doris in its mothballed state and is looking resplendent once more.

In the next few days the cap should turn into the wind for the first time in decades.

Project manager Paul Coleman said the operation could not have gone better, the cap going straight on first time and triggering some appreciative 'oohs and aahs' from people at the scene.

Priming the pumps: Preparations are made ahead of the big lift at Horsey to restore the cap. Photo:

Priming the pumps: Preparations are made ahead of the big lift at Horsey to restore the cap. Photo: Alex Green/National Trust - Credit: Alex Green/National Trust

The unexpectedly quick lift proved all the measurements were perfect meaning the next phase - to make and pin back the sails - could get underway and hopefully be completed by the end of the summer, he added.

Today's lift was part of a £300,000 restoration to bring the National Trust attraction back into working order for the first time since 1943.

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The complex operation involved a 100-tonne capacity crane.

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