Wilton Windmill

The Wilton Windmill was built in 1821 in a remote part of Wiltshire, and is the only working windmill in Wessex. The building of the nearby Kennet and Avon canal caused the closure of many watermills, and thus the Wilton Windmill was constructed!IMG_0412In the early 1920’s, in a changing economy, the demand for domestic grain decreased as the price of foreign grain decreased.

The windmill stumbled along for a few years, but ultimately the repeal of the act combined with steam roller mills and cheap bread lead to the windmill falling into disrepair until it was restored in 1976.

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It is unique in that it is brick, when most were wood, and this, along with it’s remote location, are potential reasons that the windmill has endured the decades. Many other windmills either burned down (the sparks from the metal gears often caused this) or were torn down to make room for other buildings.

When the windmill was restored, the teeth of the large gear were constructed out of wood. This was done for multiple reasons: first, to eliminate the sparks caused from grinding of metal against metal; second, in the hopes that if something were caught between the two gears, the wood might break; and third, to make it easier to keep the windmill in working condition!

However, the view from the top was beautiful.IMG_0426

And though it was a bit rainy, cold, and windy throughout the day, the sky was breathtaking as it constantly changed, making each and every photo unique.

Click to enlarge my personal favorite photo of the day!

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