Repair work at the Cambridgeshire County Council owned Great Gransden Windmill has begun thanks to a Â£75,000 grant from the WREN FCC Heritage Fund and Â£17,000 from Historic England. The vital restoration work is already underway to remove and redress the millstones, replace major timbers and the external timber cladding.
The mill has timbers dating from the 17th century, but hasn't worked since before the First World War when the last millwright was killed on the Western Front.
Quinton Carroll, Historic Environment Team Manager at Cambridgeshire County Council said: "Local residents can enjoy this Scheduled Monument, the oldest remaining post mill in England, for years to come thanks to this restoration project. The last works took place in the 1970s and 1980s, and we will now make crucial repairs to the sails and the structure. The project is scheduled to be completed by Christmas and it is hoped that the mill will be passed from the County Council to the care of a local trust."