Coventry & Warwickshire

Chesterton Windmill shut due to repair work

Chesterton Windmill under scaffolding -archive image
Image caption The site would be in good shape for many years following repairs, Warwickshire County Council said

A 17th Century Warwickshire windmill will not open to the public this year due to maintenance work.

Chesterton Windmill, built in 1632, normally opens as part of the annual Heritage Open Days event, but will not be available on 10 and 11 September.

Work has been organised consisting of repairs to the stonework, replacing the zinc roof and repainting wooden sails.

The county council said it was sorry, but repairs would ensure the site would be in good shape for many years.

Built for family

Work at the scheduled ancient monument and Grade I listed building has taken longer than anticipated, and rain and wind have also caused delays to the programme, the authority added.

A miller usually goes to the site south east of Warwick once a year as it becomes a working windmill.

The council, which is responsible for maintenance, said it was built for the Peyto family, who lived at Chesterton Manor.

Heritage Open Days celebrate England's architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

The event, which attracted about one million visitors last year, is organised with the help of volunteers over four days in September.

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