The five sails of Dobson’s Windmill at Burgh le Marsh are one step closer to turning again after four years out of action.
The iconic windmill has been undergoing repairs and replacement parts to return it to a working state.
In 2010 it was deemed to be a potential safety hazard by Lincolnshire County Council and its operations were put on hold until funds cold be secured to carry out the work.
A new 10-tonne cap - known as an ogee – was carefully craned into place on Friday to replace the temporary weather-proof cap after the old one was removed in January.
Burgh le Marsh Heritage Group has been working in partnership with the county Council to repair the mill.
Heritage group treasurer Malcolm Ringsell said: “The mill is the jewel in Burgh le Marsh’s crown. Its obvious attraction comes from the predominance of the sails, which can be seen from as far away as Gibraltar Point.
“When they are turning they are the best advert we could have. This leads to more people visiting the town which is of obvious benefit to the townspeople and local businesses and encourages them to visit the church, enjoying the other historic features of the town.”
He added: “The local population have taken a great interest in the work being undertaken and are looking forward to the sails turning again.”
With the cap now fitted, the next stage is for the sails to be put back in place, which it is hoped will happen in May
Built in 1844 by Sam Oxley of Alford, the mill still retains much of its original features today. For visitors it offfers demonstrations, a mini museum and Granary tearooms on Sunday afternoons.
Millwright Neil Medcalf has been charting his progress at Burgh Mill via his Twitter account: @tradmillwrights