Gainsford End Mill, Toppesfield
|Mill name||Gainsford End Mill|
|Mill location||TL 726 350
|Number of sails||Four sails|
|Type of sails||Patent sails|
|Fantail blades||Eight blades|
|Number of pairs of millstones||Three pairs|
|Size of millstones||4 feet 6 inches (1.37 m) and 4 feet 4 inches (1.32 m)|
Gainsford End Mill was built in 1869 at a cost of £2000. It replaced a post mill which had stood on the site since the late eighteenth century. The mill was working until c1928 and afterwards became derelict. The windshaft was installed in Duck End Mill, Finchingfield when that mill was restored in 1958 although it was removed when a new wooden windshaft was fitted to that mill in 1986. It was converted to residential use in 2007.
Gainsford End Mill is a five storey brick tower mill with a domed cap winded by an eight bladed Fantail. When built it had four Patent sails carried on a cast iron windshaft. The Brake Wheel drove a cast iron Wallower carried on a 5 inches (130 mm) diameter cast iron Upright Shaft. The 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) diameter Great Spur Wheel drove three pairs of millstones. The tower is 20 feet (6.10 m) diameter at the base with walls 2 feet (610 mm)thick The tower is 40 feet (12.19 m) high and the mill was 50 feet (15.24 m) to the top of the cap. The mill drove three pairs of millstones, two pairs were 4 feet 4 inches (1.32 m) diameter and the third pair were 4 feet 6 inches (1.37 m) diameter.
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