Mill opens its doors after £80k revamp

After 221 years, you could argue it is high time one of the Fylde coast’s oldest structures had a revamp.

And after months of work, Marsh Mill Windmill is finally set to open its doors this weekend.

Engineers work to replace the refurbished sails on Marsh Mill in Thornton

Engineers work to replace the refurbished sails on Marsh Mill in Thornton

These wonderful pictures from The Gazette’s photographic team show the refurbished mill in all its glory following an £80,000 scheme funded by Wyre Council.

Work to replace its fantail has been completed, with one sail fixed in place. The remaining three are scheduled to be added to the structure this week.

Alexandra Holt, tourism development officer at Wyre Council, said: “After extensive exterior renovation works, Marsh Mill Windmill will have a celebration day on Saturday.

“Join us to see the fine Grade-II listed building in all its glory and enjoy a grand opening at noon by our Dept Mayor, Coun Ron Greenhough, a performance from the Windmill Player and music by the Wyre Levee Stompers as well as children’s activities inside the mill itself.”

Engineers work to replace the refurbished sails on Marsh Mill in Thornton

Engineers work to replace the refurbished sails on Marsh Mill in Thornton

The mill was built in 1794 by millwright Ralph Slater and is one of the best preserved in the region.