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A winter evening - 2004

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The pitgear in action - 2004

 

PIT WHEEL RESTORATION PROJECT for Ford End Watermill, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire



Ford End Mill is operated and maintained for the benefit of visitors by a skilled group of local preservationists.

The mill experienced operational problems early in 2004, resulting in the breakage of several timber cog teeth and the misalignment of a pair of gear wheels.

The aim of this project was to restore the mill to working order and improve the mesh between the pit wheel and the wallower, resulting in smoother operation. Following an assessment by Bonwick MHC, a set of new air-dried oak wedges were fitted to the pit wheel and the broken cogs were replaced.

The second photograph shows the gearing being tested after completion of the work.