Blakeney Windmill

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Coordinates: 52°57′15.80″N 1°1′30.93″E / 52.9543889°N 1.0252583°E / 52.9543889; 1.0252583
Blakeney Tower Windmill
Windmill
Blakeney Tower Windmill 5th May 2008 (1).JPG
Blakeney Tower Windmill
Country England
State Norfolk
Region East of England
District North Norfolk
Municipality Blakeney
Location Friar Farm east of Blakeney
 - coordinates 52°57′15.80″N 1°1′30.93″E / 52.9543889°N 1.0252583°E / 52.9543889; 1.0252583
Material Norfolk red Brick and Flint
Founded 1769
Visitation Owned by the National Trust
Map Ref: TG03344399

Blakeney Tower Windmill was built in 1769[1] and is located on Friar Farm just to the east of the village of Blakeney in the English county of Norfolk.[2] The mill, which today is owned by the National Trust stands amongst a static caravan site. The building has been evaluated due to its historic interest as a Grade II listed building.[3]

Description[edit]

The towermill stands over 4 storeys and is 32 feet tall.[4] In its operational days the mill was powered with common sails and a tailpole. The configuration powered 2 pairs of grindstones. The doors and windows are unusual in that they have Gothic arches which were probably installed during rebuilding work in the 1800s. Also during this period 4 patent double shuttered sails were installed. These were struck by rack and pinion via a chain pole and drove 3 pairs of stones. Photographs from that period show the windmill had one pair of sails had 7 bays of 3 shutters and the other pair had 8 bays of 3 shutters. The top of the mill was capped with a dome with a finial. This capping was boarded horizontally and it had a 16 sided petticoat. There was also a gallery and an 8 bladed fan[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blakeney Tower Windmill:: OS grid TG0343 :: Geograph British Isles". www.geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  2. ^ OS Explorer Map 24” – Norfolk Coast Central. ISBN 0-319-21726-4
  3. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (224746)". Images of England. 
  4. ^ a b "Norfolk Mills - Blakeney tower windmill". www.norfolkmills.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 

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