Wednesday, 2 May 2012

PITSTONE WINDMILL.

On the way back home to Norfolk i called in at an old favourite Mill. Pitstone Windmill is a Grade II listed windmill It stands in the north east corner of a large field near the parish boundary of Ivinghoe and Pitstone in Buckinghamshire, England.
It is thought to have been first built circa 1627 as this date is carved on part of the framework. This is the earliest date to be found on any windmill in the British Isles. It should be remembered that such a structure would have had to have frequent repairs made to it, so it is quite possible the mill predates 1627. For many hundreds of years grain grown in the two adjoining villages was ground at the mill into flour. In 1902 the mill was seriously damaged during an enormous gale, damaging it beyond the price of economic repair. Around 1922 the derelict ruined mill was bought from the Ashridge Estate by a farmer whose land was close to the mill. In 1937 he donated it to the National Trust. However, it was not until 1963 that a band of volunteers began to carry out renovations at their own expense.

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