This is why the sails on Wray Common Windmill in Reigate have disappeared

November 8, 2018
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One of Reigate’s most loved landmarks will be returned to its former glory, residents have been assured.

Wray Common Windmill has been without its sails since the summer. It is understood they had become rotten and unsafe, and had to be taken down.

Built in 1824, the building milled corn until 1895, when it was badly damaged. It became an agricultural store and was converted to a home in the 1960s.

It later fell into disrepair, but, after buying it at auction in 2004, owner Paul Baker embarked on a costly and comprehensive restoration programme to convert it to a luxury home. New dummy sails were added in 2007.

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Darren Williams, deputy development manager at Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. said: “We can confirm that the sails on the Wray Common Windmill have been removed during repairs and will be reinstated.

“The owner of the windmill has confirmed that they have sought specialist advice and are seeking quotes from specialist contractors. We will continue to work with the owners to ensure they are reinstalled as soon as practically possible.”

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/sails-wray-common-windmill-reigate-15376194


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