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Chesterton Windmill, Warwickshire

Chesterton Windmill in Warwickshire was erected in 1632 from a design attributed to Inigo Jones. The machinery was extensively modified in 1860 and last used in 1910. The windmill was restored by Warwickshire County Council between 1966 and 1971.


The design of the mill is unique both structurally and mechanically. Originally there was a central timber staircase and the lower bay of the hoist. Most of the gearing is of timber, two oustanding items being the compass-arm fixing of the eight-feet (2.5m) diameter brake wheel and the lantern pinion wallower.


The millstones are on the first floor set on a timber frame known as a hurst, an arrangement not often found in English windmills. The sails are of the common cloth spread type. The cap is turned into the wind by a hand-operated gear winch mounted on a framework in the cap, which engages with a rack located on top of the tower.


(text taken from information panel on windmill)

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Taken on July 1, 2012