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The River Trent has often flooded the area.
There are three windmills recorded at Grassthorpe. A post mill was moved to Tuxford in 1814, and a composite post mill was moved in 1870, again to Tuxford. A tower windmill in an orchard belonged to the Seels family. The miller in 1844 was Thomas Seels; the mill passed to Samuel Seels, who was 82 in 1935. The windmill was 3 storeys high, 14-foot (4.3 m) wide at the base, having 2 pairs of stones and dressing machinery. The top of the mill was pulled down by engine in 1934. At some time previously the sails had been blown down, supposedly being "too heavy".
- Brown, Cornelius. 1896.A History of Nottinghamshire. Chapter 12.
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