In accordance with Government guidelines, this decision has been taken in the interests of our visitors and our volunteers.

Updated 14th May 2020 - Even though the lockdown is being altered in mid-May, it is obvious that "Social Distancing" will continue for a long time. It would be impossible to meet "Social Distancing" rules within the Windmill.



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Lacey Green Windmill, Buckinghamshire




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Click below for a particular topic on this page Introduction 2020 Opening Times Latest News 2019 News Awards Received Position on Chiltern Escarpment

Introduction

Lacey Green windmill stands on the escarpment of the Chiltern Hills, near Princes Risborough and halfway between High Wycombe and Aylesbury. Since 1971 it has been restored back to working order by members of The Chiltern Society. The 1970 picture below shows the sad condition it had reached. It has been restored to preserve its unique wooden machinery, which probably dates from around 1650, making this the oldest smock windmill in the country.

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1970

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2017


2020 - WINDMILL CLOSED IN 2020.

PLEASE SEE NOTE ON CORONAVIRUS AT TOP OF EVERY PAGE

The windmill normally opens from 2 pm to 5 pm on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from the beginning of April until the end of September - WHICH WE WILL HOPE TO DO AGAIN IN 2021.

For National Mills Weekend:  we normally open on the Saturday (2pm - 5pm) and Sunday (11am - 5pm).

Admission Charges:  Adult £2.50, Child (5 to 15) £1.00. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Updated 14th May 2020


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Latest News


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As a joint decision between the Trustees of The Chiltern Society and the Windmill Restoration Committee, the windmill will not open as scheduled in April 2020. In the middle of March we considered the government's advice and decided that in the interests of the health of our volunteers and our visitors (some of whom travel large distances) and our local village community, the windmill would remain closed until further notice.

In the middle of May, despite aspects of the Lockdown being relaxed, it was obvious that "Social Distancing" (of 2 metres) would be remaining in force for a long time. Such distancing would be impossible in the windmill, particularly on the 2 upper floors. The decision was therefore taken that the windmill would not open at all in 2020. - LAST UPDATED 14th May 2020.

In the current situation, people are also asked not to go up the PRIVATE DRIVEWAY to the windmill (by walking or by any other means of transport).

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Severe Storms - February 2020

The storms of February 2020 that have caused severe flooding in many places, have also caused damage to some windmills. At Burgh-le-Marsh in Lincolnshire the cap was blown off the 5 sailed tower mill. At the time, the fantail had been removed, so the cap could not turn into the wind.

Just 6 miles to the SW of Lacey Green is Cobstone Mill, which stands high above the village of Turville. Over the weekend of 9/10 February (when wind gusts of 61 mph were measured near Lacey Green) Cobstone Mill lost 2 sails.

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Cobstone Mill, from Turville village

Photo by Michael G Hardy, on 2nd March 2020.

This photo illustrates the damage that a windmill can suffer, and why we close Lacey Green windmill when winds of 40 mph are forecast, and we then ask people not to walk up to the windmill.

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2019 News


Windmill Closed ~ 29th September 2019

We are sorry to disappoint anybody who could not visit the windmill on 29th September, which should have been our last Open Day for 2019. Strong winds with gusts up to 40 mph were forecast, and did occur during the second half of the afternoon. In our exposed position on the Chiltern escarpment winds can be accelerated to higher levels. In strong winds windmills can suffer damage so, in line with our procedures, the decision not to open had to be taken for the safety of our Visitors and Volunteers.

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Awards

1986 Malcolm Dean Design Award (presented 13 March 1987)

Wycombe District Council's Malcolm Dean Design Award for 1986 was presented to Lacey Green Windmill. The Chairman of the Council said that the Award was made for Excellence of Design and Achievement, and the windmill was an example to the whole county, not just Wycombe District.

Further details will be put another page.

Engineering Heritage Award (14 July 2013)

The 86th Engineering Haritage Award was presented to Lacey Green Windmill by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Read more at: EHA Summary Page which also leads to a page on the Presentation Ceremony, and a pdf of all the speeches made on the day.

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Our position on the Chiltern Escarpment

The position of Lacey Green Windmill is at the very least an unusual one for a windmill, with the ground being 750 feet above sea level, making the tips of the sails 800 feet above sea level. It also makes Lacey Green (with the possible exception of Stokenchurch) the highest village on the Chiltern Hills. From outside the windmill, because of hedges having grown higher than they were, one can no longer appreciate the views over the Vale of Aylesbury, but you can do from the windows higher up in the windmill. Of course, the most spectacular local views are from the tops of Brush Hill and Whiteleaf Hill, both properties now being cared for by The Chiltern Society, and both just 2 miles around the escarpment from Lacey Green Windmill.

It is certainly true that (on a clear day) one can see parts of the Cotswolds from this area of the escarpment, with Chipping Norton being the nearest place.

However, from the top of the windmill, we are also able to look in the opposite direction, and right over the rest of the Chilterns looking towards London. The atmosphere is not often clear enough to see that far, but one day in June 2017 I was able to take the photo below which shows the BT Tower on the left, and on the right is the Arch over Wembley Stadium which is in front of the Shard by London Bridge station, which is 36 miles from Lacey Green.

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Along the skyline: BT Tower / Electricity Pylon on Chilterns / Wembley Stadium Arch in front of the Shard.

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In case you wondered, the view at the top of this page, looking down on the windmill, was taken from this cherry-picker (or boom-lift) in June 2017, after we had finished painting the windmill. The cherry-picker was extended to its full vertical height of 20 metres, or 65 feet.


This website has been compiled by Michael G Hardy, Honorary Secretary of Windmill Restoration Committee from 1984 to 2014, Windmill Manager and Committee Chairman since 2015.


This page ( index.php ) was last updated on 14 May 2020.


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