Family day puts wind in sails of windmill charity
A Wind in the Willows themed family fun day brought hundreds of adults and children to the only working windmill in Wessex on Saturday.
The event was a chance to play games, meet animals, and taste produce – including bread made with flour milled on site – in the grounds of Wilton Windmill.
Wilton Windmill was builtin 1821 and fell into disrepair in the 1920s. In the 1960s it was listed as Grade II, and in 1971 it was bought by Wiltshire County Council and leased to the Wiltshire Historic Buildings Trust, which early in 1972 began to restore it to working condition.
The windmill started milling again in 1976, and the running was taken over by the Wilton Windmill Society, which still runs the mill today.
The windmill will next be open to the general public during Heritage Open Days weekend, which runs from September 10 to 13.
Meanwhile, the windmill is hosting a murder mystery evening next Saturday, June 27. For more information, see our feature here.
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