Historic Billingford Windmill near Diss continues to attract visitors despite undergoing repairs

A large crane removing the cap from Billingford Mill. Picture:: IAN CARSTAIRS

A large crane removing the cap from Billingford Mill. Picture:: IAN CARSTAIRS - Credit: Archant

It may be 'top-less' while undergoing repairs - but that hasn't stopped one of Norfolk's most historic windmills from attracting the crowds.

Julie and Herbert Websdell, custodians at Billingford Mill. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Julie and Herbert Websdell, custodians at Billingford Mill. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2013

Billingford Windmill, near Diss, held its first first public open day on Easter Monday.

The mill, although less sails and cap, attracted a constant stream of visitors, while excited children and adults appeared on the common for a children's free Easter egg hunt and an adults' treasure hunt.

More than £100 was raised towards the restoration of the mill, where the roof of the windmill has currently been removed so its ageing sails can be renovated.

New sails will be made and returned with the cap next year, meaning 2017 will be one of the few years in its history that Billingford Mill has not been able to turn.


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Custodians Herbert and Julie Websdell have been clear that even though the mill is not working: 'We're not closing. We will carry on the windmill tradition.'

On Wednesday, March 29, 11 members of 1st Harleston Beavers enjoyed an hour-long tour of the mill and despite their young age were thoroughly interested by the mill's machinery.

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The next opening will be on Sunday, May 14, with a display of vintage and classic vehicles.

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