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Destroyed windmill to be rebuilt
The blown-over windmill at Chillenden
The windmill at Chillenden was flattened by storms
A Grade II listed windmill that was flattened by high winds is to be rebuilt in its original spot.

The windmill at Chillenden near Canterbury, Kent, was blown over and destroyed during a storm on 26 November 2003.

The mill, which was built in 1868, had been restored just before the storm.

But Kent County Council has now announced that around 350,000 has been raised from insurance money and local authorities to put it back up.

Strengthening work

Since the gales, the 136-year-old mill, which stopped working in 1949, has been stored in pieces by a specialist firm in Reading.

Paul Allen, chairman of the Friends of Chillenden Windmill, said the firm would now be looking to see what could be salvaged and bringing back the parts for reconstruction.

He said he was "absolutely delighted" that the windmill had been saved.

It followed a campaign by the group to lobby the parish council and the mill's original owners, whose family had donated it to Kent County Council in the 1950s.

In addition to the rebuilding work, the mill will also be strengthened to protect it from future gales.

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