Historic Balsall Common windmill undergoes maintenance

  • Jeanette McGarry has been renovating the windmill

Several of us have had a go at redecorating in recent months, but when you live on the site of a 70ft windmill - paint jobs become just that little bit harder.

At Berkswell Windmill in Balsall Common, it means starting at 07.30 in the morning right through until 18:00 - on a job that could last as long as three weeks. 

There's been a windmill on this site since as far back as the 10th century. Back then it was built from wood and was eventually replaced with bricks in 1826. 

Inside everywhere are the reminders of the craftsmanship and ingenuity of years gone by.

Jeanette renovating the windmill Credit: ITV News Central

This type of weather would have usually seen the windmill flooded with visitors. But even a site as ancient as this hasn't been immune to the effects of covid-19.

It's not opened since March, and the restrictions of lockdown mean that even simple maintenance is now harder than ever. 

When it does eventually reopen, the site will once again mill the flour for the kitchens of nearby bakeries.

But until then, the long and lonely task of refurbishment goes on.

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