Bourn Windmill is one of the oldest windmills in England dating from 1635 and is designated as an Ancient Monument. It is special as it is a trestle post mill and one of only 7 surviving in the UK today, three of which happen to be located in Cambridgeshire!
The windmill is currently closed to the public as the charity Cambridge Past, Present & Future (CPPF) attempt to save it from collapse and restore it to working order. Cambridgeshire ACRE has been chosen as a partner by CPPF to assist with community engagement to support fundraising and grant-making activities. Our work has begun by consulting with the highly dedicated volunteer team who run successful open days at the windmill, to find out their ideas for improvements to the windmill’s visitor experience.
This windmill represents an iconic structure in the landscape and local residents are keen to see it reopened and enjoyed once again. Cambridgeshire ACRE will be completing an online questionnaire to find out the views of local residents, community groups and schools in Cambourne, Caxton and Bourn. Once the ideas are put together a report will be formulated suggesting how people wish to visit and engage in the windmill’s heritage. That report will support CPPF and Cambridgeshire ACRE to submit a National Lottery Heritage Fund application for urgent repairs and an enhanced offer of community activities that help bring to life the story of the windmill’s heritage and ensure its future once again.
More information on the windmill and the project to conserve it can be found on Cambridgeshire Past Present and Future’s website.