Bursldedon Windmill’s 200th Birthday Bash
Article and photos by David Plunkett
On the afternoon of Sunday 30th
November, Windmill Lane at Bursledon was lined with parked cars from
almost one end, to the other for a few hours, and the mill parking area
was pretty full too. The cause of this abnormal parking event, was the
happening taking place at Hampshire’s only working windmill.
I arrived rather before 1.00pm to find
the official dignitaries assembled including the Mayor of Eastleigh and
a small press core busy about their business, so I skirted around the
barn and concentrated on this tower windmill. It looks superb in every
respect, as if it has just been built.
Well, for most of the past few years
it appeared to have been neglected and unloved, once the wind shaft was
known to be in a state of decay and the sails were taken down and stored
It takes rather a long time to prepare
a restoration scheme and raise funding to even start such a project.
The Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust as owners, know well how to
organise a project like this and the required, behind the scenes
lobbying and marshalling of funds. The respective Trustees and local
councillors were roped in and played their part in gaining local, County
and Heritage Lottery Funding.