A scan of an old photograph of the derelict mill in Orsett, Essex, England, as it looked in 1971.
A short film of National Trust workers turning the sails at the usually static Stembridge Tower Mill in High Ham. The sails are turned manually every four months to ensure even wear on the mechanism and to prevent anything seizing up.
The mill in Vietz, East Brandenburg, Germany. Since 1945, Witnica, Lubuskie, Poland.
At the end of the 19th century many mills all over Europe were converted from wind power to steam.
Here is a typically sized mill steam engine on a postcard from France, c.1907.
The National Trust opened the interior of Stembridge Tower Mill to visitors for the first time this year today. Here’s a photograph taken around 4pm. One of the custodians can be seen seated at the table in front of the mill, greeting visitors, checking membership passes, and selling tickets to non-members. Two jackdaw nests could be seen up under the roof and parent birds coming and going.
Here’s a super pen and ink drawing of Stembridge Tower Mill, which since the late 1960s has been under the excellent care of the National Trust. The image may be printed off and coloured in. An activity suitable for children of all ages! More colouring pictures featuring windmills.
More on the High Ham Mill.
Latest arrival: an old postcard of the mill in Mark Cross, Sussex.
See also our section on England’s windmills on old picture postcards.
This month we are in Poland visiting windmills and researching material for a new book on windmills in central and eastern Europe. Here’s just one example of the super mills still to be found in this part of the world.
This mill is ripe for restoration. Sadly it might otherwise fall down very soon!
An old postcard of windmills on Rhodes, Greece, c.1910.
A picture postcard from 1914 featuring a windmill in Nustago, Estonia.