Having managed to track down a 1920's Simpson Lawrence manual anchor windlass on eBay, I'm now in the process of trying to strip, clean, grease and rebuild. A simple design manufactured in cast iron, this should be relatively straightforward in theory. The main problem seems to be getting the gypsies off!
Classic Boat have published a useful exploded diagram of a slightly later model which has been very helpful. Having applied penetrating oil and steady pressure with a three legged puller, there has been no movement yet. Three weeks and counting...
‘Seran’ attended the Thames Traditional Boat Rally at the weekend. A full report on the rally can be found here. The TTBR was cancelled in 2012 following one of the wettest summers on record resulting in waterlogging of the site and red boards on the river. This year's event was well attended by boats and the public alike, helped this time by more seasonal weather!