Get in touch: send your photos, videos, news & views by texting YORK to 80360 or send an email»
Holgate windmill produces first flour in 80 years
Bob Anderton, who has worked on the mill since its restoration, sits in the engine room at the top of Holgate Windmill with a bag of flour
THE restoration of an historic York windmill has reached a climax with the production of its first flour.
The Holgate Windmill, a Grade-II listed building and the city’s last remaining windmill, has undergone a ten-year restoration programme.
Now, with the sails finally turning, the mill has started producing its own wholemeal, stoneground flour.
Bob Anderton, former chairman of the Holgate Windmill Preservation Society, said it was the first time flour had been created there since about 1932 and its production was the culmination of the society’s long-held ambition.
He said bags of flour were currently being given away, but once the society was licensed for sales, it would be sold at the mill shop and also to wholefood shops and restaurants, and a supermarket was interested in selling it as well.
Income raised would go towards the cost of maintaining the mill.
He said the windmill had been in a ‘parlous’ state in 2000 when a group of residents got together and called a public meeting to see if there was sufficient support for restoring it.
Seventy people turned up and the society was formed in 2001 and set about fundraising.
Over the years, it received grants including lottery money and support from City of York Council, and the restoration cost a total of more than half a million pounds.