Melin Llynon, Llanddeusant

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Melin Llynon, Llanddeusant
Melin Llynon, Anglesey 2014-09-12.jpg
Melin Llynon, September 2014
Mill nameMelin Llynon
Grid referenceSH 3405 8523
Coordinates53°20′16″N 4°29′38″W / 53.3379°N 4.4939°W / 53.3379; -4.4939Coordinates: 53°20′16″N 4°29′38″W / 53.3379°N 4.4939°W / 53.3379; -4.4939
Operator(s)Isle of Anglesey County Council
Year built1775
PurposeCorn mill
No. of sailsFour
Type of sailsCommon
WindingWheel and chain
Other informationOnly working windmill in Wales

Melin Llynon, or Llynon Mill, is a gristmill located on the outskirts of the village of Llanddeusant on the island of Anglesey. It is the only surviving working windmill in Wales.

The mill was built for £529, 11s[1] in 1775–1776, on land owned by the surgeon Herbert Jones.[2][3] It is classified as a tower mill. The machinery is within a stone tower and the moving top, or cap cwch, turns so that the sails hwyliau catch the wind from any direction.[2] The tower was 9.3 metres tall and with four floors.[2] It was used to drive machines for grinding corn, oats and barley. The first miller, Thomas Jones (1756–1846), worked it until his death.[1][2] The position of miller was passed down through the generations, eventually going to a cousin William Pritchard.[1]

A storm in 1918 damaged the cap stopping it turning to face the wind.[1] It still operated intermittently for the next six years when the wind was from the south-west.[2] Eventually the mill closed and became increasingly dilapidated.[1] It remained deserted and unused until the local council restored it between 1978 and 1986. It reopened in 1986 and now produces stoneground flour.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Melin Llynon". Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Perkins, Donald. "Melin Llynnon Mill". Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Snowdonia Guide".
Melin Llynnon in 1976, before its restoration

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