Fullwell Windmill- Cap Installation- November 2017

20th November 2017

November saw the cap and fantail raised up to the top of the tower. It was a long day for the millwright, Owlsworth IJP, who ended up getting the cap into position in the evening, watched by a small band of shivering spectators.

This is a big milestone for the windmill’s restoration and makes us look forward to the next stages of scaffold down and sails on.

Paul from Owlsworth’s recently gave us some interesting facts:

The cap weighs approx. 10 tons. It has been designed to replicate the original cap from when it was first built in the early 19th century.

The cap frame and rear fanstage has been made of oak. The longest pieces are 7 metres long and 300mm square and weigh ½ ton each.

The restored Brakewheel has been re cogged using kiln dried beech. There are 88 teeth all fitted and shaped by hand.

The cast iron windshaft with the cross at the front is from the original cap and weighs approx. 2.5 tons.

To be able to lift the cap from the car park and reach the top of the tower, the distance and weight means that a 200 ton crane was needed. A temporary road closure was needed to get it on to site.

Once the cap was installed the cast iron gears were fitted to enable the six bladed fan to turn the cap, so that the sails will constantly face the wind.

The new sails, when fitted are longer than the last set. They closely match the originals and will weigh approx. ¾ ton each.

The total span of the sails from tip to tip is 20.6m or just over 67 feet in old money.


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