The Working Windmill
Although Heckington windmill is currently not operational, we still have the ability to grind our own wheat for flour using our oil engine driven stones on the ground floor of the windmill and our portable farm mills driving by a portable oil engine.
The mill contains 6 floors - the ground (loading) floor, meal floor, stone floor (at gallery level), bin floor, top floor and dust floor, immediately below the cap.
The 8 sails are kept facing into the wind by the fan tail at the rear of the cap. The sails are attached to the wind shaft which transfers the power from the sails into the drive shaft which runs down to the stone floor to turn the mill stones.
The two bin floors are used to store wheat, the grain being raised up from the ground floor by the sail powered chain hoist. Gravity brings the grain down from the storage bins into the mill stones where it is ground into flour. The flour then travels down shutes to the meal floor where it is weighed and bagged for sale.
Hurst frame in action with Ruston engine
The windmill running under wind power
Clip from YouTube from a visitor
We are able to bring our outreach stand to your event, which enables us to showcase Heckington Windmill and its products.
We have been at Easton Walled Gardens, the National Ploughing Championships & Heckington Show
Please get in touch if this is something that you would like to discuss.
Contact Liz Desmond for more information
Patron - Mr Toby Dennis, Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire
Registered Charity No: 1139207
Company Registration No: 07210264