Ta’ Kola Windmill in Xagħra, Gozo, is now back open to the public after it was temporary closed due to works on the final phase of the windmill’s mechanism reconstruction project carried out by Heritage Malta.
The project to restore Ta’ Kola Windmill kicked off about three years ago. The works consisted of the removal of the old milling mechanism, the installation of the wooden structure which supports the two milling stones and extensive work on the internal mechanism and the wooden cone. The restoration project was completed this week when the antennae of the mill were reinstalled back to their original status.
Ta’ Kola Windmill is one of the few surviving windmills on the island dating back to the Knights’ period. The name was adopted from the last miller, Ġużeppi Grech who was popularly known as Żeppu ta’ Kola, who left it to the nation after his death in 1986.
At ground floor level one can observe the workshop containing a vast array of tools, some of which were originally manufactured by the owners of the mill. The first floor houses the living quarters of the miller including the kitchen, dining room and bedrooms, the second floor accommodates the subsequently milling mechanism which consists of two circular hard-wearing stones placed on top of each other to crush the grain forced between the two rotating surfaces.
Ta’ Kola Windmill is open daily between 09.00 and 17.00hrs (last admission at 4.30hrs).