BERKSWELL Windmill will be open to the public this Saturday (September 9) as part of the National Heritage Open Days happening across the region.
The windmill is one of the most complete windmills in the UK.
It was last used as a working mill to mill flour in 1948, but years of painstaking restoration have returned it to its former glory and it now looks exactly like it did back in the day.
Saturday’s open day will run from noon until 4pm and there is a small entrance fee of £3.50 for adults, £1 for under 16s and £8 for a family ticket of two adults and two under 16s) – the proceeds of which will all be used to maintain the mill.
Visitors can enjoy the guided tour and children can try milling flour with our mini-hand stones.
Johan the Dutch Millwright will share his life-long expertise. He will also demonstrate the age-old tradition of ‘dressing the stones’. A special pattern is chiselled on the stones so there is friction when the stones turn, thereby enabling the corn to be crushed and transformed into flour.
The address is Windmill Lane, Balsall Common CV7 7GY.