Story of Wheatley Windmill

  • Len Cripps, age 99 years and 11 months, seated with his son, Ron
  • Open Day August 2007
  • Open Day August 2007
  • Oxfordshire Limited Edition September 2007
  • George Cripps
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Oxfordshire: Illustrated article from the September 2007 edition of Limited Edition with information about the Cripps family and the restoration of the windmill. Three photos from the Windmill open day in August 2007 and link to YouTube showing Wheatley Windmill Restoration, see

Listing details state 'Windmill. Mid C18. Limestone rubble with squared quoins. Octagonal plan. Tower has 3 storeys with openings at each level on 4 sides, all with brick segmental arches with stone keyblocks. The masonry is heavily patched with brickwork. Circular top formerly held an ogee copper-clad cap, now dismantled. Interior: Much of the structure and machinery survives. Cast on the boss of the windshaft is "EAGLE  FOUNDRY1784". A drive shaft survives which served an external ochre-grinding mill. The windmill was rebuilt around 1763 after a fire and was last used in 1914 when the mill closed. It was struck by lightning in 1939 and the cap and sails were destroyed. It is said to be one of only 3 windmills remaining in the county'.
(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol. V, p.109).

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