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The Post Mill

Pitstone windmill ground flour for the village for almost three hundred years until a freak storm in the early 1900s left it badly damaged. It was later donated to the National Trust and restored by a team of local volunteers.

The mill and its machinery is balanced on the head of a massive wooden post. The wheeled tail pole shown here had to be manhandled to turn the huge structure to face the wind.

comments (12)

  • Frances
  • United States
  • 12 Apr 2013, 01:30
Lovely shot John! Like the subject and the wonderful sky. smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 12 Apr 2013, 03:59
Great photo interesting information
Incredible! I love the expanse of sky you were able to catch here!
wonderful composition. love the pov and the blue sky in the background. i never knew windmills could be positioned this way
John Prior: Only smaller 'post mills' can be positioned
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Apr 2013, 08:07
It's funny, John, but even though the Dutch have many post mills, I can definitely tell this is NOT a Dutch mill. I guess that's the beauty of windmills all over the world?!
John Prior: I don't know if you can watch BBC iPlayer, but well worth watching Andrew Graham-Dixon's 'The High Art of the Low Countries' on BBC 4 about the Dutch golden age.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Apr 2013, 08:43
How nice that this wonderful piece of history has been saved & renovated John
This is a delightful photo of the old mill. I can imagine how many children have played with this wheel while their parents delighted in the building.
John Prior: There is a handy footpath that runs through the field and past the mill, It is nice to see it surrounded by ripe wheat in the late summer. It is very seldom open for internal viewing though.
What a lovely mill, and so good that it has been restored to this condition.
John Prior: Yes thank goodness for volunteers who are prepared to give there skills and time.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 12 Apr 2013, 15:18
A beautifully shaped wood cladded/constructed windmill John.
A fine old structure. Clearly intended to be photographed as they painted the wheel red grin
Great to see John, makes a lovely picture against that blue sky!
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