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24 September 2014
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Lincolnshire's Moulton Windmill to be featured in new BBC series

Moulton Windmill* in the heart of the Lincolnshire Fens is one of 30 historic buildings to be included in a major new series on BBC TWO this summer.

Restoration will be presented by comedian and passionate conservationist Griff Rhys Jones who will be giving viewers the chance to save one of the historic buildings from ruin.

Ten one-hour programmes are being made about the buildings, which include everything from cottages and castles to factories and chapels.

With three buildings in each programme viewers have the chance to vote for the one they would most like to see restored.

Each 'winning' building then goes through to a final shortlist of ten culminating in a live programme and event where the public decide which building is most worthy of restoration.

Other buildings in the series include: Wentworth Castle, near Barnsley; Cromford Mill, Derbyshire; Victoria Baths, Manchester; Poltimore House, Devon; Bethesda Chapel, Stoke-on-Trent and Greyfriars Tower in Norfolk.

Jane Root, Controller of BBC TWO says: "Not only will viewers get to learn some fascinating history through the buildings we feature, but we'll be encouraging them to get out and about and actually visit some of the UK's magnificent buildings, culminating in an open weekend when around 4,000 heritage buildings will be open to the public across the UK.

"Like me, Griff feels passionately about saving our heritage from wrack and ruin, and is currently criss-crossing the country to visit some of these buildings in person."

With the shocking statistic that one historic building or monument has been lost or destroyed in the UK every day on average, Restoration will throw a timely spotlight on the 17,000 still at risk.

Restoration will give the audience a chance to save one of these buildings and make their mark on history.

Notes to Editors

* Moulton Windmill is an enormous ten storey brick tower mill which was built in the 1820s by Robert King (1786-1848).

It gained listed status in 1967, and will be the tallest mill in the country when the original cap is restored and sails returned (it is currently 88 feet tall and restored will stand at 99.12 feet tall).

It was built to a uniquely high specification with all the beams chased and the banister turned on a lathe, something that was not even common in private homes.

John Biggadike junior was the last miller at Moulton Mill. He took on the mill after his father's death in 1964 and worked in the mill all his life, closing the doors in 1995.

Milling was a declining industry and was no longer economically viable. Of the 12 mills within a six mile radius, his was the last to close.

After the mill closed in 1995 it was bought by Broadgate Builders who, after developing the accompanying land into a residential care home, offered the windmill to the village on a lease of 200 years at £1 a year.

The Lord of Moulton, Thomas Stoten Esq who lives in Kew, made a gesture of paying the rent for the whole of the lease.

In 1998 the Moulton Windmill Project Ltd - a company with charitable status – was set up to buy the windmill.

It is made up of villagers who are custodians of the windmill who 'own it on behalf of all the villagers'.

The company was formed at a public meeting in the village which was called to decide the fate of the mill.

The company also has a friends arm who fundraise on a local level and between them they have come a very long way towards saving Moulton Mill.

Restoration, is being produced by Endemol UK for BBC Scotland.

Restoration - three London buildings announced (12.06.03)

Restoration - Victoria Baths' chance to bathe in glory (09.06.03)

Restoration - the six Scottish buildings revealed (14.04.03)

Restoration - saving Britain's heritage (19.03.03)

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