Lytham St.Annes Express, 30 December, 1986
Hopes of Lytham boost
By BARBARA CROSSLEY
FYLDE leisure chiefs are hoping to have Lytham's
famous windmill fully repaired in the next financial year.
But it is extremely doubt¬ful that the mill will once more be
grinding corn as it did last century.
The mill has been stricken by persistent rising damp — so much so
that it has been closed to the public for two years. It was
previously used as a tourist information centre.
A team of engineers has drawn up a scheme for solving the damp
problem at a cost of £80,000 — £100,000.
It would cost around £100,000 more to have the machinery installed
to make the sails turn and the stones grind once again.
Built around 1805, it has not ground corn since it was devastated
by fire in 1919. It is, however, a distinctive landmark and one of
the most well-known listed buildings on the Fylde Coast.
Fylde Borough Council will have to decide whether just to do the
essential repairs, or to go the whole hog and put in the machin¬ery
to make it a tourist attraction.
Alternatively it could just settle for a "cosmetic" saint job as it
did this year.
Some councillors — espe¬cially those from Lytham — would love to
see it working again.
But leisure chairman Councillor Eileen Hall is doubtful.
"I think we have more important things on our books than to
actually get it turning and grinding again," she said. "That is not
on my priority list.
"Obviously we will have to cure the dampness problem because
otherwise we would actually start to lose the fabric of the
building, and I do want to see it retained — but there's a lot of
difference between maintaining the fabric and getting it working
In her estimation the modernisation of St Annes' 70-year-old open
air baths would have higher priority. "We've got to do something
with the open air pool, now that we've got the new indoor pool
being built alongside it. If we want to make it a leisure complex
then that must come in front of the windmill.'