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Snowy pictures of Dutch windmills at Haren
As Jan explains:
Holland is enjoying some light snow these days, so I thought I'd better take some pictures during my Sunday morning walk
before it is gone.
gallery of 34 pictures taken near Haren, includes good
shots of the drainage windmill to be found there, though it has to be said the snow cover is already quite thin.
Aerial windfarm photo
Doc Searls is a journalist and speaker who does a lot of flying. As he notes, he is also "a geography, geology, aviation
and meteorology freak. So naturally I always book a window seat when I fly. I also almost always shoot pictures of the landscapes below".
He has been posting selected images on his blog, teasing his readers to identify them. Today's image is of a
wind farm - I can't identify the location, though wait a day or two, and Doc
will post the answer on his site.
Doc's identified the location as somewhere in the Rio Vista delta of
Dover Council agree grant for Chillenden windmill
According to the minutes of the Dover council CABINET Meeting
from December 2004, it was agreed that a grant of £10,000 be made to Kent County Council towards the cost of rebuilding
Chillenden Windmill on satisfactory completion of the work. Kent County Council own the structure which suffered a major collapse
in November 2003, and are putting together a funding package for its restoration. Dover Council was one of a number of bodies
asked to make a grant towards this.
The largest and the smallest windmill of the province of Utrecht
Sylvia's relatives have a
long association with Brill and the
windmill there. Her paternal grandfathers family owned a brickworks there during the 1800's and dug the clay,
for making the bricks, in the area around the windmill. The remains of the pits still survive, making it a very unusual
landscape in the area around the mill.
There's a great photo of a 1950's car in front of the mill to accompany the article, as well as some more up to date photos.
And the passion for motorobikes - that refers to motor bike scrambles that used to take place around the clay pits.
Balleycopeland windmill and the Auroral Arc
By coincidence, just after finding the unusual photo of Jack and Jill windmill, I came across another unusual photo of
a windmill. Aurora Fantastic! contains
photos of Balleycopeland windmill, County Down, Northern Ireland, taken during the evening of 21st January 2005, when the
sky was lit up by the Aurora Arc. Most spectacular. (Taken by a member of the East Antrim Astronomical Society).
Jack and Jill photo experiment
Windmills are machines, at their best when seen at work. A still photo can't show the work being done, but it can
suggest it - whereby the sails of the mill may appear blurred, showing they were in motion at the time the picture was taken.
This picture of Jack and Jill is therefore a little unsettling - it
shows a blur to suggest motion - but unusually the foreground image of Jill is rock steady, whilst it is the background image of
the clouds that has moved and shows the blur. Technically this was achieved by using a neural density filter over the lens, so
as to cut down the light entering the camera, and hence to require a long exposure (13 seconds).
Polly, the photographer, has put together a
page of her windmill photos
which includes a number of shots of Jack and Jill, plus some of Outwood windmill.
Progress on the scheme had had to be accelerated, as a result of the
condition imposed with respect to the Thames Gateway grant, that all
monies be spent within the current financial year.
The ground floor should be utilised as predominantly classroom/exhibition
space. The classroom space should be as flexible as possible in order to
cater for a variety of needs, including building on the National Trust's
Guardianship Scheme. There should also be a small display area to give
a flavour of what would be on the higher floors and a second display area
to house leaflets about other attractions in the District and postcards
relating to the windmill and the Mount as well as being a centre for
information about other attractions.
The ground floor should also house a screen, which would relay images
from cameras sited on each of the floors and on the external cap at the top
of the windmill so that all visitors would be able to see everything
displayed within the higher floors of the windmill and also the panoramic
view outside the windmill.
Given that the first floor comprised the largest area within the windmill,
with vertical walls that would lend themselves well for display purposes, it
was the ideal area to house permanent exhibitions for the Rayleigh
The second floor should be used for a variety of exhibitions, which would
be rotated. This could include themed exhibitions from the Historical
Society's collections and, potentially, craft exhibitions. There would also
be meeting space.
It would be necessary to work closely with the Historical Society and the
Museums Service in developing a collections policy so that duplicated
items would not be accepted in future and so that details of who had
donated items could be recorded. This policy would also determine what
the content of the exhibits would contain.
The third floor would become a viewing level, as it would be the highest
part of the windmill open to the public. This floor would contain a Rochford
scale model and a history timeline around the wall. There would also be
merit in a small display of the history of the Mount being sited next to the
window where the Mount could best be viewed.
The fourth and fifth floors would be for maintenance purposes only. It was
also noted that, by means of glass screening, it would be possible to lock
off individual floors without, however, preventing access to floors above or
The National Trust was in the process of developing a conservation plan
for Rayleigh Mount, which would include the re-building of the Barbican
entrance. The National Trust would consider adding an entry to that of the
Mount in the National Trust Year Book about the windmill, which could
include details relating to the provision of refreshments for the general
public, signposting a history trail in Rayleigh and other local attractions and
the possibility of guided tours of the windmill on named days.
It was possible that the East of England Regional National Trust and the
Southend branch of the National Trust could generate finance to help with
displays at the windmill and there could also be the possibility of housing a
National Trust shop within the windmill.
The archiving of materials held by the Rayleigh Historical Society and the
setting up of displays would take some considerable time. A phased
opening, commencing with the opening of the sensory garden to the public
in November/December 2005, culminating inthe opening of the interior of
the windmill in April 2006, would therefore seem a sensible way forward.
The Eastbourne Today newspaper group has been running a series of
aerial photos of their local area.
Recently included was a very pleasant shot of
Prints of the image are available, at prices ranging from £7.50, up to £80 for poster sized.
Stone Cross windmill wins rare award
As reported in the Eastbourne Herald, 14 January 2005:
Stone Cross Windmill has been presented with a plaque by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)
after bringing it back to full working order. The awards are rarely made - only 12 have been awarded since the society
was formed in 1991. They are presented for work only of the highest standard, which demonstrate quality workmanship and
attention to detail. The presentation was made by Mildred Cookson, outgoing chair of the Mills Section. It was received
by John Hone, Chairman of Stone Cross Mill Trust, on behalf of the mill and a further address was given by Peter Hill,
chairman of the Sussex Mills Group who put forward the mill for this award.
Note: I've repeated the clipping as passed to me, but the SPAB Mills section was formed long before 1991 -
this could be a simple transcription error.
60 Minute Makeover - Wraysbury "windmill"
I'm not sure exactly when this episode aired, but the windmill shaped house at Wraysbury, Surrey, was featured in the
current series of 60 Minute Makeover.
The series as a whole has reached episode 50, and the Wraysbury one
was number 35, so it could have been some time ago.
The Wraysbury windmill was in fact always built as a house, for around £45,000 in 1996. Its design is based on the smock
mill at Lacey Green. There are some plans to install sails so that the mill can generate electricity.
The Mills are Alive...
From the Press Release issued by the SPAB:
National Mills Weekend, 7th/8th May
celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2005, with opportunities across the country for
visitors and enthusiasts to appreciate the very best examples of Britain's milling heritage, and the loftiest!
The event is organised each year by the
Mills Section of SPAB (the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings).
Involving more than 400 windmills and watermills nationwide, the 2005 weekend will include the giant of the mills world
(the tallest in the country) opening to the public for the first time after an ambitious repair programme. This is the
tower mill at Moulton in Lincolnshire, which featured in the first BBC series of Restoration.
More than 100 mills which are capable of producing flour, will be in action (wind permitting) dispelling the myths that
wind power is either confined to the pages of history or is a new intrusion into the landscape! Some of the buildings
taking part in the event are only open at this time, enabling National Mills Weekend to offer members of the public a
unique insight into some of the country's best loved and most distinctive landmark structures.
A recent survey revealed that, after houses, windmills are the most popular subjects for children's drawings of buildings.
Harnessing this enthusiasm and high recognition factor, this year National Mills Weekend is piloting a schools' project linking
primary schools and their local mill.
Simon Hudson, SPAB Mills section, says: "From Blair Atholl in Scotland to St. Dominick in Cornwall, the mills are most
definitely alive and this weekend will give everyone the opportunity to find out more. And, with the rising interest in organic
foods and traditional production techniques there has never been a more appropriate or significant time for people to head for
Upminster mill in parade, and on TV
The January 2005 newsletter from the Friends of Upminster windmill
reports that progress on the mill lease is still ongoing, as is preparation for the Lottery grant application.
The mill itself was present, in representational form on the Havering float in London's New Year's day parade, and is soon to be
seen on TV, on the opening sequence of
Cash in the Attic,
an antiques programme, to be shown on the BBC in March.
Santa's grotto, awards, and videos of Buckland windmill
Buckland windmill, a small wind powered sawmill in Surrey,
saw duty as Santa's grotto, at the appropriate time a couple of months ago.
The site also reports other news from the last year, including two restoration awards: from
Surrey Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT) in March 2004, and
Surrey Industrial History Group (SIHG) in July 2004.
Small video's of the mill sails turning in the wind are provided - the mill is now equiped with a saw bench and lathe.
Rottingdean windmill on album cover
The Tenderfoot have selected a local landmark for their 5 track mini album
"Vale Industrial" - that of Rottingdean windmill. It looks from their website as if they are giving the original artwork
away in a prize draw.
To further the windmill connection, the
band's page at Sony Music
pictures the band in front of Patcham windmill.
2004 saw the 150th anniversary of the Great Laxey Wheel, Isle of Man. To commemorate this, the 2004 Christmas 50p coin issued by
the mint shows the wheel on one side, with the normal Queen Elizabeth II head on the other. The coin is legal tender in
the Isle of Man, but not the UK.
I have only found a very poor image of the coin.
Windmill on Teletubbies
Via the new Google Video service, which searches the subtitles (aka close captioning)
of TV broadcasts, I see that there's a Teletubbies episode entitled "Kites" which has a
film insert about a windmill. The particular tower mill visited is not identified via the subtitles,
and the images are a bit small to make a good guess. The film segment lasts for around 5 minutes acording to Google's timeline.
Another result Google shows is an image of Horsey mill,
Norfolk at Sunset.
The mill in the Teletubbies episode is Thelnetham, Suffolk, and features the late Peter Dolman, and his two sons.
Peter worked hard on restoring Thelnetham mill, as well as Stanton mill which he owned, and a number of others.
Robertson's windmill at Colonial Williamsburg future is in doubt
The recreated Robertson's windmill at Colonial Williamsburg has been closed for over a year, and is in need of some repair.
future is somewhat undetermined, since much more reconstruction has been done since it was built in the 1950's, and its
current location is seen to be both historically inaccurate, and also is now largely sheltered from the wind by trees which have
grown up around it. The area in which it currently stands has been reconstructed as a late 18th century urban plantation, but it
is unclear whether the windmill, which was known to exist a half century before that, would still have been in existence during
this later period.
Possibilities being considered include resiting the windmill, or perhaps just its removal, though it is seen to be
"an icon beyond its historical significance,"
Dutch windmill ravaged by fire
Early on 25th Dec 2004, one of a series of 5 windmills in the Netherlands went up in flames, due to an unknown cause.
I'm trying to identify exactly where the mill is - the filename suggests it may be at at HoornscheVaart, but I can't locate where
Various images of the burnt mill are available -
The Hoornsche Vaart is the name of a canal between Alkmaar and Hoorn. The burnt out mill has an
entry in the Dutch Mill database, and its
own site which gives the story of its recent renovation (in Dutch).
Tex Ritter Park windmill, Nederland, Texas gets facelift
A faux windmill errected in 1969 to celebrate the Dutch heritage of the city of Nederland, Texas is to
to repair the ravages of old age, termite and water damage, at a cost of around $70,000. The local landmark building
is used as a museum.
Works starts on Rayleigh Windmill
Work is due to start on
on £340,000 worth of work, paid for by a grant from Thames Gateway South Essex Partnership.
The work will remove the sails, and then scaffold the mill to allow exterior repairs. Inside the mill modern display units will
be installed, along with cameras which can be controlled remotely from the lower floors - hardly the thing in a traditional
windmill - but then again, no internal machinery remains, so this is merely making use of the mill tower as exhibition space.
Magic Roundabout, featuring a three sailed windmill
The Magic Roundabout is an amimated film by Pathe, which is released
on 11th February. Featuring the characters from the TV series, and a few new ones, the action takes place in all manner of
locations, ranging from frozen wilderness to fiery volcano. There's also the rather more sedate Enchanted Land, which features
a windmill - a fairly traditional sort of tower mill with canvas spread sails - all three of them! Oh well, I guess you can't
complain about accuracy in a film that features talking dogs, snails, rabbits and snails amongst other things. The film is
reviewed here, and more details at the
The windmill can be seen in the Kylie Minogue video accessed via the Video star on the
The Magic Roundabout website.
Bryan stands on the roof of the mill, playing his guitar, whilst Ermintrude takes a trip round on the sails.
Missouri old mills
Shelley Powers has written an article entitled
Cheap Eats at the Semantic Web Café,
which is all about tagging and labelling of information which is published on the web.
Whilst it's a quite detailed technical consideration, it's of interest here, since the article is illustrated,
both figuratively and literally, by "including photos from my [Shelley's] recent old mill photo shoot". As a few details in the
article mention, these are mills in Missouri, though it's ironic that in an article about including information is so short on
actual information about the photos it includes.
Windmill Hill windmill covers come off
The covers have come off after the
restoration of Windmill Hill windmill,
Sussex by IJP Building Conservation. Some work still remains to be done, such as the addition of sweeps due in May,
and the completion of the mechanisms which will keep the mill turned to
wind, (to protect the mill from being blown over sideways or tail winded). This mechanism is not traditional, and will include
solar panels on the roof and a wind generator which will power batteries to keep the mill turning.
Ian Pritchett of IJP will be giving a talk on the project at Herstmonceux Village Hall on March 8 at 8pm.
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