Mill news and topical information
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Perkins wind engine installed in Mishawaka-Penn-Harris library
The Mishawaka Lions Club
have donated a restored Perkins wind engine to their local public library
in Indiana. The mill was produced at the local Perkins factory, which
was later absorbed into the huge Uniroyal complex, itself demolished
Viewfinder photo archive from English Heritage
Viewfinder is a
new archive of historic photos from English Heritage in association with
Oxfordshire County Council. It includes images from various English
Heritage collections, and also the Henry W Taunt Collection for vintage
scenes of Oxfordshire and the Thames.
The site includes a specific photo essay:
The windmill: a tradition of renewable energy.
There are also many well categorized photos:
Preston Council is looking at proposals to
develop the Moor Lane area, which includes the Preston windmill.
Phil Davis, assistant director of planning, states:
"The windmill is another important part of the site and a listed building.
We think this could be carefully redeveloped as part of the new housing
development - either as new homes or some form of community development."
Publicity information for the new series of the
Inspector Lynley Mysteries
the first episode of which is broadcast on BBC1 on 10th March 2003,
shows the two stars of the show at a crime scene in front of a post
Having missed the episode aired tonight, I cant identify the mill from the
heavily cropped photos I've seen.
Holgate Windmill Preservation Society about to acquire Charitable Status
Holgate windmill is owned by the City of York Council, who have agreed in
principle to lease the Mill to the
Holgate Windmill Preservation Society
for 15 years (the minimum period to unlock Heritage Lottery funding).
The Council are carrying out safety improvements to the mill's interior,
as a prelude to the Society's surveyor being allowed in to undertake a
feasibility study. The Mill is currently ringed with Heras fencing which
unfortunately cuts off viewing of the recently erected story board about
The feasibility report will be a basis for discussion regarding the
extent of restoration and access for visits which is likely to be
restricted to pre-booked small groups, due to the proximity of local
Buckland flour mill, Dover, Kent
The new owner of
Buckland flour mill, Dover, Kent plans to spend £1m over the next
10 years to turn it into a museum. Planning permission is needed for
the plan, which also wants to rent part of the mill for commercial use.
Cwlwm provide tailor made wedding services from National Trust mill
Cwlwm, a company run by
six farmer's wives in Ysbyty Ifan near Betws-y-coed, North Wales,
provides tailor-made wedding services, from the refurbished old mill.
The mill is owned by the National Trust, and was recently officially
opened by Welsh Assembly Presiding Officer Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas and
Daloni Metcalf after a £100000 refurbishment.
The ground flour of the mill preserves and exhibits the milling equipment,
which was used till the 1940's, though the mill continued to provide
electricity for the village into the 1960's.
American Wind Power Center
A Positive Spin on Wind
is a short article about the American Wind Power Center.
The centre has 110 wind engines on display and the article links to the
3000 year old windmill?
An excavation at Whiteleaf Cross
near Princes Risborough has uncovered Roman coins and pottery at the site.
In addition there is reportedly "the remains of a Bronze Age windmill
dating back 3,000 years." This sounds most unlikely - perhaps this
refers to some toy, or simple cross shaped artifact.
Conversion plans for Staverton's watermill, South Hams
Staverton watermill on the River Dart is planned for conversion to
8 flats. The developers Aurotal also want to build 3 homes alongside,
but since these are on the river flood plain, South Hams Council warns the
site is unsuitable.
Round-up of recent news from the Western Morning News
Having found this resource, it seems a shame to not include the cream of
the relevant news from their recent archives.
20 February 2003 -
Little Petherick mill Cornwall, for sale This converted Grade II listed mill dates from the 16th century.
It is on the market for £575000 plus stock, and last year the
B+B business turnover was £26000. The waterwheel was retained,
though now it turns by electricity for effect.
15 February 2003 -
Lower Cot mill, Cornwall for sale 3 recps, 2 beds
18th cent mill converted about 10 years ago. Accommodation over 3
floors includes 2 receps, 3 beds, 1 bath, conservatory. Price
14 February 2003 -
Newton Abbot mill conversion plans Permission is sought to convert an old bark mill, used by the
Newton Abbot tanning industry into houses. Outline permission was
granted in 2001 to demolish the site, but retention of the historic
buildings is preferred.
27 January 2003 -
Mill flour enjoys a market revival The National Trust's Cotehele Mill ground animal feed till 1964,
then fell into disuse. Restored in 1972 it began to produce stoneground
flour in 2002 after more restoration and work to satisfy health.
Shirley Windmill - on the John Ruskin Grammar School site
Shirley Windmill spent many years surrounded by the
John Ruskin Grammar School,
which now has a page on the mill, including a number of historical photographs.
Elsewhere on the site, there's other mentions of the mill, including the recollection that on 1st April 1971, the Upper Sixth advertised
"mill for sale with staff and groundsman"
in The Times.
More photos on the pages covering
Updated: Feb 2006 after the links broke! Note that there are plenty of stories about the mill on other pages
of the site.
Windmills at Montpelier Plantation Inn, Nevis
carried a photo with the following caption:
Mount Nevis as seen Jan. 23, 2003, from Montpelier Plantation Inn, a
former sugar plantation where stand the stone remnants of windmills that
powered the sugar mills. Once there were 41 windmills working on the
island, along with 20 steam-powered mills and 22 animal-powered mills.
This picture originally accompanied the article
Sweet Nevis By David L. Langford, The Associated Press.
The article goes on to add:
"Iron gates guard the entrance to the intimate Montpelier Plantation Inn,
where Princess Di stayed. Scattered about the grounds are the remnants of
old sugar mill machinery, including an imposing stone windmill standing
adjacent to a modern swimming pool.
A weekend miller is required at
Thorpeness windmill, owned since 1977 by Suffolk County Council, and
operated as a visitor attraction by the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Unit.
The job "involves climbing ladders and pulling on ropes. Great physical
strength is not needed but the person needs to be fit and agile," said
Simon Hooton SCHU manager. "The most important thing will be enthusiasm
and skill when dealing with the public."
The windmill was built in 1824 in the village of Aldringham 2 miles away.
The Ogilvie family bought the Sizewell Estate in the 1890s and in 1922/3
dismantled and moved the mill to its present site, converting it from a
cornmill to water pumping. The water was pumped into the water tank
hidden in the House in the Clouds.
The mill opens at Easter, and weekends from May to September. In addition
in July and August Di Holmes staffs it from Monday to Friday. Anyone
interested in the weekend job is asked to contact either Simon
Hooton or Anita Johnson at SCHU, tel. 01394 384948.
Sail of the century: mill person needed! is the same story.
[Aldringham cum Thorpe]
Japanese theme parks in financial trouble
Dutched themed Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Western Japan has filed
The park which a includes a number of replica Dutch windmills, will remain
open but is about $2 billion in debt.
The nearby Nagasaki Holland Village which was operated by the same
company also had a windmill, but the village closed in Oct 2001.
Carluke windmill, Scotland, in partial collapse
A battle has begun to
save the oldest windmill in Scotland, at Carluke.
Part of the A-listed High Mill in Chapel Street, dating from 1797,
recently collapsed and planning officials have served a repairs notice
on the Kirkton Estate which owns it, to demand the building is preserved.
South Lanarkshire Council and Historic Scotland are in talks about the
possible funding of the mill's repairs.
Holiday in a French Windmill
A recent round up of options of
places to stay in France
in the Guardian travel section included the small 17th-century windmill
at Corme-Ecluse. Now converted into a holiday villa to sleep 4 or 5, the
property is simply furnished with a low entrance door to the kitchen,
open-tread stairs to one bedroom and a ladder to another. An adjacent
summer house contains an additional single bedroom.
Charles Church has started building work to turn the former
Gatwick Zoo into a housing development.
The development, which took 2 years to get planning permission, is on
Green Belt land, and includes 13 homes.
The Lowfield Heath windmill, moved to the site to prevent its destruction
as Gatwick airport was developed, has been handed over to the Windmill
Trust for continued preservation, and a 2 acre area around the mill will
See also the
Granting of Planning Permission
document (PDF), and news articles
on the zoo closing
from September 2002.
The Press Release
from Charles Church gives further details.
Grand Designs - Woodsman's house
Ben Law has recently built one of the few woodland homes to be granted
planning permission. The house within his Sussex woodland which he
actively works, has the condition that he must demolish the house if he
moves away from the site - he can not sell it to anyone else.
The house, featured on
on Channel 4 broadcast 26 Feb 2003, and is built using traditional carpentry,
with wood from the woodland, plus local straw bales, clay etc.
Heating and cooking needs for the property are provided by a wood burning
stove, and electricity comes from solar panels (reused from the Big
Brother house), plus wind turbines.
Ben's approach to woodland management is explained in his book
The Woodland Way: A Permaculture Approach to Sustainable Woodland Management.
More details on the house can be found at