Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

WILLES­BOR­OUGH Wind­mill is now among Ash­ford’s most pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tions. Built in 1869, the Grade II listed build­ing forms a sig­nif­i­cant part of the town’s in­dus­trial her­itage. It was a work­ing mill un­til the sails, or sweeps, stopped turn­ing in the late 1950s. It was then used for stor­age and as a home. A com­pul­sory pur­chase or­der was served for the coun­cil to take over re­spon­si­bil­ity and restora­tion in the late 1980s. Af­ter spend­ing £40,000 on re­pairs it was passed to the Friends of Willes­bor­ough Mill to run as a vis­i­tor at­trac­tion. The sweeps have been miss­ing and un­der re­pair for more than a year. Now the work is com­plete and ex­perts are await­ing a clear spell of weather to reat­tach them.

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