WHAT: A KEY stage in restoring one of Sunderland’s most famous landmarks is timetabled for this week.

WHY: Sunderland City Council has been working closely with English Heritage on a restoration project following storm damage to Fulwell Mill in 2012.

Craftsmen from specialist millwright Owlsworth IJP have now completed the mill’s ‘cap’.

WHEN and HOW: The cap will be lifted by a 200 tonne heavy crane and is due to be placed on Wednesday 15 November from 10.30am (weather permitting).

Once the cap, which houses machinery to turn the sails is installed, the windmill will be ready for the fitting of its sails and fantail, and returning to working order.

WHO: Representatives from the City Council and other partner organisations are available for comment on Wednesday. Further information will also be available on Wednesday.

WHERE: There is no parking at the windmill site – 194 Newcastle Rd, Sunderland, SR5 1QD – because of a safety cordon.

The cap and fantail weigh approximately ten tons, are based on the original early 19th Century design and made of oak.

The restoration project is a partnership between Sunderland City Council, which provided £310,000 in funding, and Historic England who awarded £99,200 of grant funding towards repair and restoration.

The mill is a Grade II listed building and was placed on Historic England’s Heritage-at-Risk Register in 2015.

The City Council has been working with community partners to see the site re-open and deliver a community heritage led cultural attraction.

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