The sails of Heage windmill were safely removed on Thursday November 26 as the first phase of work to make key structureal repairs caused by wet rot.
Heage Windmill Society trustee Alan Gifford said: “It was a drear and damp day at 8am on , when the crane arrived at the windmill to play its part in the removal of the sails, as the first stage in repair.
“Fortunately however the wind was negligible – a critical requirement when handling large components designed to catch the wind!”
Using a crane as support, contractor Dave Nicholls worked hard to release the eleven huge bolts on the first sail which fasten the sails to the iron cross and are up to 14 inches long.
“All went to plan and the work was completed in fours hours by the contractors,” added Mr Gifford.
“The mill looks strangely bare without her sails, but the sails will turn again.”
The society is still in need of funding to complete the work, visit www.heagewindmill.org.uk.