Can you identify the people in our unknown gallery? . . . . . . . . Hough Mill open 2-5pm every Sunday from 7th April to 29th September . . . . . . . . The Trust has six events amongst the 100 in the Leicestershire Festival of Archaeology in July - see diary . . . . . . . .

The amazing transformation of Hough Mill from derelict shell to visitor attraction.

December 1998 just before the restoration began - Bill Pemberton
May 2017 the restoration has made a huge difference - Leteachia B Kenny

Swannington Heritage Trust bought Hough Mill in 1994, then spent several years planning the restoration and fundraising. The Heritage Lottery Fund provided an £80,000 grant in 1998 which enabled the Trust to restore the structure of the mill in 1999. An £80,000 restoration grant from Grantscape enabled the cap to be removed in 2009 and put back in place with the fantail and windshaft.

Trust volunteers spent a year making the brakewheel in the Neaverson Centre workshop. In October 2012 they dismantled the brakewheel in the workshop, hauled the pieces weighing a total of 1.75 tonnes, into the cap and reassembled the brakewheel around the windshaft. Read more about Reinventing the Wheel

It took two days for the team to dismantle the brakewheel in the workshop and rebuild it in the mill cap. Read more about Installing the Brakewheel

The 10ft (3m) brakewheel dwarfs our volunteer
The iron teeth were cast at a foundry near Coventry
The wheel was so big it was nearly as wide as the workshop

During 2013-2014 the Mill Maintenance volunteers spent a year of Friday mornings making the wallower in the workshop. Although only half the size of the brakewheel, it was more complex and the wooden teeth had to be made out of hornbeam. It was installed in the cap in November 2014.

Tough work drilling into oak timbers
For the mill to operate the wallower would be raised to mesh with the brakewheel
The wallower teeth were made of hornbeam, a dense hardwood