Pateley Bridge Windmill Preservation Group


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The Pateley Bridge Windmill Preservation Group was formed some 18 months ago, with the intention of taking down and rebuilding the windmill tower at Pateley Bridge as close to the original as possible. The tower had deteriorated rapidly in recent years and two thirds of it finally collapsed last September. The intention to rebuild remains and they now have the benefit of input and guidance from archaeologists and historical buildings experts and others with essential practical skills.

However, they are still having trouble interpreting the significance of the recesses, slots, grooves etc cut into the stonework, for example, and would appreciate any more details anyone can provide. It evidently had no doorway to permit regular access and its function therefore seems to have been external to the tower. The Windmill Gazeteer from the Mills Research group lists it as used for quarry pumping, but any additional information or references would be welcome.

They recently got a small grant from the Pateley Bridge Town Council to help them in their efforts.

Update: [17/8/07] Some old photos are now available on my details page for this mill, and also more recent ones at geophotoarchive, which show the stones of the tower carefully numbered. Mills: [Pateley Bridge]
Item: #644, Posted: 13/8/07.


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