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Visitors to Thelnetham Windmill this year will be involved in celebrating a special anniversary in the building’s history.

The 19th century tower mill, on the edge of Thelnetham Fen, has its 200th anniversary on July 14 and volunteers who look after it want to hear from anyone who has old photos, maps and memories.

Thelnetham Windmill open day. Pictured: Volunteers Bob Patterson, Martin Forge, John Giddings and Chris Mills.
Thelnetham Windmill open day. Pictured: Volunteers Bob Patterson, Martin Forge, John Giddings and Chris Mills.

Piers Hart who is chairman of Suffolk Building Preservation Trust which owns the mill, said: “We are hoping people will come and celebrate this important milestone.

“We’d love to hear from people who have old photos of the mill or old maps featuring it or have a connection to it in some way.”

It is one of only four preserved tower mills in Suffolk. Mill enthusiasts, or molinologists as they are known, bought it in 1979 and managed to complete restoration work on it by 1987.

In 2013, Suffolk Building Preservation Trust took over ownership and it is regularly maintained by skilled volunteers, continuing to mill flour which can be bought.

Plans for the anniversary open day include an exhibition of old photos and maps, planting a commemorative tree and burying a time capsule.

There will also be an exhibition of old milling memorabilia in the granary on the site.

Mr Hart said: “We would also welcome suggestions of what to put in the time capsule so those uncovering it in the future will get a real taste of life in 2019.”

Admission is £4 for adults, children over 5 £2.00 and children under 5 are free.

For more information and the dates of the mill’s other open days, go to www.thelnethamwindmill.org.uk .