Coastal landmark is back in place
AN iconic north Norfolk landmark which has featured in postcards and paintings for more than 150 years is turning heads once again.Throughout this year's busy tourist season, people travelling to and from Weybourne, near Sheringham, could have been forgiven for feeling they there was something missing as they passed the village's old mill.
AN iconic north Norfolk landmark which has featured in postcards and paintings for more than 150 years is turning heads once again.
Throughout this year's busy tourist season, people travelling to and from Weybourne, near Sheringham, could have been forgiven for feeling they there was something missing as they passed the village's old mill.
Since early this year, the imposing structure, which can be seen for miles around, has been without its sails.
They were taken down in February after they finally succumbed to the ravages of the coastal weather during a storm late last year.
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But now two new 1.2 tonne wooden spur and sail pieces have been hoisted into place to complete the building's picture postcard image once again.
Mill owner Marjorie Martin said she was delighted to have the mill looking like it had when she bought it 11 years ago.
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She said: “I have hated it without them. It looked like something that had been decapitated.
“The whole village has been asking when they were due to come back.”
The five-storey red brick tower mill was built around 1850 with an eight bladed fan and a second floor stage.
All the machinery was removed
in the 1920s when the mill underwent extensive restoration work.
New sails were last fitted in 1969 but were for show purposes only.
The same is true of the new pair, but Mrs Martin said she was hoping they would last considerably longer than 40
years due to improved weatherproofing.
The small tail sail of the mill has now been taken away for repair and is expected to be put back in place within the next month.