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Saxtead Windmill sails are set in mourning

9 September 2022

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Thank you to the Sullivan Family for providing the following information:


Mill Wright Tim Wighting has advised us about the protocol for windmill sails during a period of National Mourning for our beloved Queen Elizabeth. 

You will notice the sails are slightly offset--this is the sign of mourning.


An offset in the opposite direction is a sign of rejoicing.

No offset is a sign of a Day of Rest or distress on a working day.

At all other times the Windmill is free to turn in the wind. 

Photo: Nathan Sullivan