Industrial Windmills


Most of the windmills in England were used for one of two purposes The term "industrial windmills" refers to mills used for purposes other than these two. A gazetteer being compiled by Roy Gregory currently includes 172 known examples of such mills in the UK.

Electricity generation

There are of course numerous wind turbines which produce electricity from the power of the wind. However this page is restricted to windmills of substantially traditional design, so out-and-out turbines are excluded.

Grinding other materials

Bark

Ochre

Oil seed

Snuff

Ore crushing etc

Saw mills

Threshing

Flax processing

Ventilation


Examples in the rest of the world

Sugar mills

Windmills for crushing sugar cane to extract the sugar contained in the juice were common throughout the Caribbean.

Grinding mustard

Saw Mills

Grinding Coffee

Threshing

Powering a railway incline

Powering a boat

Crushing bark

General

The Zaan Region in the Netherlands had around 1000 industrial windmills. [info].

A formidable number are still preserved at Zaanse Schans.


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