Two old images of the early eighteenth century windmill in Grodków, Silesia, in the southwest of Poland. The mill is of the ‘Dutch-type’ and went out of use just after the end of the First World War. It was restored in 1958 and then again in the 1970s and converted into a cafe restaurant. Due to safety reasons the sails were removed in the late 1980s but should you wish to visit today while admiring the mill you’ll discover that all manner of Polish cuisine and a selection of beers can be sampled at very reasonable prices.
The tower mill in Hempton Green was built in 1833 and was last worked commercially in 1918. It was demolished at the start of the Second World War, as it was thought that it could be used as a navigation point to locate a nearby airfield. Hempton Green is a small village near Fakenham in Norfolk in the east of England.
The Tower Mill on Newgatestreet Road, Goffs Oak, near Broxborne, Hertfordshire, England was built in the late 1850s to replace an earlier post mill destroyed in a fire. The windmill ceased to operate in the 1890′s, and was demolished by the owner in 1954, so that the bricks could be re-used.
The National Trust owned Tower Mill just outside the village of High Ham, near Langport, in Somerset is now open on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month between 1pm and 4pm. March to September. Tickets: £4 Adult, £2 Child, National Trust members FREE.
Notes: The mill is located in the grounds of a private home, so parking is limited and no toilets are available to visitors. Access to the four floors of the mill is via rather steep steps.
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The mill in Pilling was built in 1808 to replace an earlier post windmill, which stood near the site of the present mill. It was converted to steam power in 1886 and went out of use just after the First World War. In the late 1960s it was converted into a residence and recently had a new cap fitted in the style of the original. Pilling is a village, near Garstang, Lancashire, in the north of England.
The mill in West Blatchington is a six-sided ‘smock’ mill built in around 1820. It worked until 1897 when the sails were reportedly damaged in a storm. It was purchased in 1937 by the Hove Council and the mill restored. It is now open to the public on Sunday afternoons between May and September. It is located in the village of West Blatchington, near Brighton, in Sussex, England.
The five-storey Tower Mill in Stickney was built in 1842 and worked until the late 1960s. In the last few years powered though by electricity rather than wind. In its prime the mill had four patent sails driving three pairs of stones on the second floor, with a further pair of millstones on the first floor driven by engine. The tower still stands and is now used as a store by a nearby engineering works. No milling machinery survives internally.
An old image of the windmill in Stickney, Lincolnshire, north-east England.
Three archive images of the mill in Coningsby in the county of Lincolnshire in England.
Coningsby Tower Mill was built in 1826 and milled for the last time around 1905. Unfortunately it was demolished in 1970.
Bremen Mill Through Time
Three images of the ‘Am Wall’ smock (Galerieholländer) mill in Wallanlagen Park, Bremen, north-west Germany.
The mill dates back to 1898 and is built around an eight sided base, with the upper part steered by a wind vane. The four sails of the windmill are shuttered.
This fine example of a smock mill is now home to a restaurant and the mill itself open tourists every afternoon on payment of a small charge.
This mill is located in Quainton, near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. It is a 20 metre (70 ft) six-storey brick tower mill, first used in 1832. It went out of use around 1890 and in 1914 the steam engine and boiler, which had driven the millstones for the later part of its working life, were sold for scrap. However, the mill has undergone ongoing restoration since the mid 1970s and now has all the internal workings to enable it to grind wheat into flour. The mill is privately owned but open every Sunday between 10am and 1pm from March through to the beginning of October.