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Pictured: The Oldland Mill in Keymer, West Sussex in 1887.<br />
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An 18-year-old windmill enthusiast is bringing fresh hope to the endangered craft of millwrighting.<br />
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Research by charity Heritage Crafts has found millwrighting is critically endangered, meaning it is likely to go extinct within this generation.<br />
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The work is currently carried out by a largely ageing workforce and the skills are in danger of being lost forever unless more young people get involved.<br />
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So the charity has awarded trainee Adam Winsor a £2,000 grant so he can spend six months learning how to restore and maintain windmills.<br />
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There are ten or less full-time professional millwrights left in the UK, with many of those approaching retirement age, and the skills are not being passed on.