The oldest windmill in Gozo, which is still in good condition but which needs some maintenance work to be carried out, is going to be restored as the permit for these works has now been approved by the Planning Authority. In a statement, the PA said that the windmill, commissioned by Grandmaster Perellos, at the beginning of the 18th century, is the only one which has a tower with an octagonal base.
The PA said that to improve the experience of visitors who visit the windmill, a small square will be created in front of it. The number of public toilets in the vicinity will also be increased. Meanwhile, the restoration works will include the removal of the bits of steel and cement which have been added throughout the years, the concrete roof of the windmill will be changed and be reinforced with beams as it was originally, and the stonework will be cleaned. The windmill’s mechanism will also be restored so that it will work again. This restoration is being overseen by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage.
The PA explained that the windmill started being used in 1710 by Ganni Scicluna, and has a large entrance, two rooms next to each other and a kitchen at the back. It has a spiral staircase in the middle which leads to the tower’s roof and on the entrance there is a birthing room. Between 1956 and 1965 the windmill was used by the Xewkija band and the band’s committee members, but afterwards the windmill was abandoned.