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  • Lytham Windmill Museum. Lytham's best known landmark, the Windmill, contains a seasonal museum with a series of exhibits focussed on the "History of Mills and Milling" and the "Heritage of Lytham St Annes and the Fylde Area". During the summer season it is open to the public and available for school visits. Entry is free. It’s a great trip out with the family, especially when followed up with an amble on the picturesque Lytham Green and then a walk through Lytham town centre and its traditional shops.
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  • Inside Lytham Windmill Museum
  • Lytham Windmill Museum's services and facilities
  • Volunteering to help out at Lytham Windmill Museum
  • Windmills have featured in Lytham’s history for hundreds of years. In 1805 Richard Cookson sought and obtained a lease from the Squire for a plot of land on which to build a ‘windy milne’. Later, in 1860, when the prestigious houses in the area were being built the residents looked upon the Windmill as an “industrial nuisance”! On the 2nd January 1919, a tremendous gale turned the sales despite the powerful brake and sparks ignited the woodwork. The Windmill was quickly ravaged by fire, the interior being entirely gutted. The Windmill remained derelict until 1921, when it was given by the Squire to the Lytham Urban District Council. In 1989, the Windmill was restored by Fylde Borough Council and opened to the public. Lytham Windmill is run in partnership with Fylde Borough Council and Lytham Heritage Group.
  • Learn about Lytham
  • A history of early Lytham based on exhibition panels within the museum; 1000AD to 1350AD includes the Domesday Book Entry and Lytham Priory; 1500AD to 1750AD includes the establishment of Letham Hall; 1750AD to 1850AD includes the introduction of Bathing Tourism and the Railway; 1850AD to 1925AD includes the development of Transportation and the joining of Lytham and St Annes; a series of Lytham postcards.
  • A description of "How the Mill Works" written by Marilyn Adams including: the sails, the cap, the fantail, the gearing system, the stones, the grain feed system.
  • The Threshing Machine and its Operation
  • The story of Lytham Heritage Group
  • Contacts at Lytham Heritage Group
  • News events for Lytham Windmill Museum
  • Lytham Old Lifeboat House to re-open as a Museum with Victorian Liverpool Class Lifeboat CHAPMAN as the main exhibit
  • Lytham Windmill Museum opens for the 2015 season on 1 April wiith a series of new updates including three complete new displays. Come and visit for a great day out and ITS FREE.
  • Fresh repaint to Lytham Windmill and updates to the Museum
  • Lytham Windmill has been updated for the 2014 season with new displays and exhibits
  • Frank Kilroy, a dedicated supporter and worker for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and curator of the Lytham Lifeboat Museum from 1985 to 2005 has died,
  • High winds have destroyed a windmill's sail less than three months after it was restored from earlier storm damage.
  • The sails and millstones of Lytham’s windmill could be turning again by summer 2014 in a £500,000-plus plan to upgrade it into a working museum. The famous windmill and the former RNLI boathouse will both be refurbished and modernised in a Lytham Heritage Group project that aims to more than double visitor numbers to approximately 60,000 per year.
  • A famous Lancashire windmill could see its sails turning again after almost a century if a plan to upgrade it into a working museum goes ahead.
  • A Lancashire landmark, the Lytham windmill, is being restored to its former glory. It was built by the Squire of Lytham in 1805 and lost two of its sails last winter during strong winds. Specialist craftsmen have been called in to make new sails which are being installed this week
  • Lytham Windmill Museum - Publicity Poster 2011 Season
  • Lytham Windmill Museum - Publicity Poster 2010 Season
  • Article in Blackpool Evening Gazette about Lytham Windmill Museum's 2010 season
  • Details of school visits and teacher information packs etc
  • Opening times for Lytham Windmill Museum throughout the season
  • A List of Useful Local Websites
  • Lytham Heritage Group was established in 1987 to promote the history and heritage of the Ancient Parish of Lytham, which includes St Annes, Heyhouses, Ansdell and Lytham. The Group now has a wide range of facilities including: Lytham Heritage Centre for exhibitions; the Archive Centre based in Lytham Library; and Lytham Windmill Museum based, of course, in Lytham Windmill.
  • Fylde Borough Council website.
  • This site has been designed to share records and history relating to traditional mills and milling. It contains many thousands of digital images and documents as well as extensive databases of information. It is run by the Mills Archive Trust, an educational charity registered in the UK. The web site and catalogue have been developed with financial assistance form the Heritage Lottery Fund.
  • The Country Trust's scheme is simple, cost-effective and unique. They arrange for schools selected by the Trust from disadvantaged areas of towns and cities to visit hosts chosen by the Trust for their ability to offer children a stimulating glimpse of life in the countryside. The hosts make no charge for these visits, the Trust organizes the visits and helps the schools with the cost of transport and accommodation.
  • Contact Pages for Lytham Windmill Museum
  • Location details for Lytham Windmill Museum
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