Saturday, 13 September 2008

Herne Windmill....

I simply love windmills... I don't know why, but I just do.... Luckily for me, there are several windmills located close to Herne Bay, so when seeking a photo opportunity, I don't need to travel far.... This is Herne Windmill....
Herne Windmill stands on a site that has had a mill for 600 years according to ancient Canterbury and County records. This relatively recent traditional Kentish *Smock Mill stands on a high down overlooking the village of Herne, on the outskirts of the seaside town of Herne Bay, in Kent.

(*The name smock mill comes from the appearance of the mill (from a distance) resembling a peasant wearing a smock. Tower mills like Herne Mill have the cap (the shape like an unturned boat on the top) rotate on a solid base; the other type of mill, a Post Mill, has the whole mill rotating around a central post.)

Herne Mill is equipped with three pairs of millstones: two pairs of French Burrs and a pair of Derbyshire Peak Stones. The refurbished sweeps (or sails) shown in the image here have only half the number of shutters of the original mill. In case you wondered, the sails turn anti-clockwise and it's surprisingly quiet inside the mill when the brake is off and the sweeps are turning.

You can find out more about Herne Windmill here!

1 comment:

MaCoBra said...

Hi, beautifull mill! I have also posted a picture of a mill. Are interesting buildings. Regards from Marcel