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GREAT CHISHILL WINDMILL

Just 5 miles from my home town of Royston, at the eastern end of the Chilterns, is the village of Great Chishill where this very fine post mill still survives. The first authentic record of a mill here appears in 1592. The first recorded owners were the Cooke family and the first recorded miller was Joseph Rule in 1677. Cambridgeshire County Council acquired the mill in the 1960s, after William Pegram stopped working it in 1951. It is now preserved and open to the public. I took this in the very early 70’s.not long after I had started doing photography as a serious hobby.

From The Scanner - Upright Style 5/14

GREAT CHISHILL WINDMILL

Just 5 miles from my home town of Royston, at the eastern end of the Chilterns, is the village of Great Chishill where this very fine post mill still survives. The first authentic record of a mill here appears in 1592. The first recorded owners were the Cooke family and the first recorded miller was Joseph Rule in 1677. Cambridgeshire County Council acquired the mill in the 1960s, after William Pegram stopped working it in 1951. It is now preserved and open to the public. I took this in the very early 70’s.not long after I had started doing photography as a serious hobby.

comments (24)

  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 14 Feb 2014, 01:24
Great photo Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much vintage. I had an email from my cousin in Brisbane this morning who told me what a pleasant summer you have had this year, not quite so stonking hot as Maureen's cousin in Sydney will have had I understand, we wouldn't mind some of that here at the moment, fortunately where we live it has been wet but not as bad as down in the South West.
beautiful shot and nicely framed. it does look like from a different time.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ayush, very much from a different time, but how fortunate it is still there to be seen and visited.
It is a magnificent looking wind mill Brian... wonderful shot... it is great that it's has been preserved all of these years....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Isn't it just on both counts Peter.
A very cool windmill, Brian - and a great shot to have been taken when you first started, and scanned in!
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a nice reminder of times gone by, sadly I live a long way away, in English terms, from my home area now so I don't suppose I'll get to see this again.
A great image brian.....the workmenship that went into making that ....stunning
Brian Walbey: Thanks Shane, and isn't it great that it is still in existence.
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston, England
  • 14 Feb 2014, 06:35
What an amazing survival, Brian
Brian Walbey: Yes one part of our heritage that looks set to be around for a while yet, and the village is delightfully old, the sort of place I know you and Chris like.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 14 Feb 2014, 07:19
Thats a fine looking mill amazing history of the mill site wonder if this is the original mill
Brian Walbey: I guess the basics of the construction will be the original, especially the works inside, although no doubt some of the wood will have been replaced when it has been refurbished.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Feb 2014, 07:29
It's funny, Brian, but now that I live in the Netherlands, I can immediately tell which windmills are NOT from here. As you'd guess, windmill architecture really fascinates me and this one is super.
Brian Walbey: Somehow I thought you would like this and find it interesting Ginnie, I deliberately posted it on a Friday so you could see it on one of your SC.days, indeed it is so different than your Dutchland mills, I would love to come over and see some of them, the only time I've been over there was in 1963 and 1966 and at that age such things were not at the forefront of my mind, sadly!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Feb 2014, 07:36
I love this architecture of the wonderful windmill. Like Ginnie said, it is not Dutch, but I am always impressed to see different ones, and they all work the same....
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid, you might like to peek at my reply to Ginnie today.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Feb 2014, 07:45
This is a fine shot of a lovely thing Brian: I bet you won a prize for it at your club back in the 1970s
Brian Walbey: I don't think I've ever put this in a competition Chris, but yes, it is a lovely thing, and as I said to Lisl, the village of Great Chishill is just the sort of place I know you and she would rally like, thatched cottages and all that. Coming from Cambridge I don't doubt Lord Trim would know this place, it is not that far from there.
  • Ray
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • 14 Feb 2014, 08:44
What a fine machine this is, Brian.

Don Quixote would be in awe of it!
Brian Walbey: Isn't it just Ray.
just great to see old photos again
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal, there's another 3 weeks of these oldies before I get back to modern pictures.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 14 Feb 2014, 09:11
This is not Dutch or German, but a wonderful 'Bockwind'- mill!
Brian Walbey: I especially Googled your German name and indeed it is almost the same type of design and construction isn't it. You would like great Chishill, apart from the windmill, thatched cottages and a lovely old village church.
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 14 Feb 2014, 09:24
Definitely got that 50's /60s feel with the colour
Brian Walbey: Indeed Richard, and I would imagine you will be at least familiar with the area of Great Chishill, it isn't that far from Cambridge.
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 14 Feb 2014, 09:24
It reminds me of the big grain elevators in the prairies. It is certainly unique.
Brian Walbey: I guess it is a similar shape to grain elevators, but interestingly Philine called it a German name and when I Googled that it is of a very similar construction to some German mills.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 14 Feb 2014, 10:15
What a grand windmill Brian and interesting read.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chad, it is indeed a very old style mill.
Great shot Brian, I like the effect: as if, of a painting smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Martin, these old slide films didn't have quite the finesse of modern ones.
Windmills seem to come in all sorts of shapes and forms and this is an unusual one Brian. Good to hear it's being preserved
Brian Walbey: Yes they seem to be different shapes according to where they are in the country.
  • carreksmum
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Feb 2014, 13:49
That's a beauty, Brian. A very proud windmill.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Pauline.
A fine old mill Brian. It has scanned well
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill, let's hope it continues to be there long after we've gone.
Nice to see that this superb mill has been preserved Brian!
Brian Walbey: Isn't it just Richard, and long may it remain in good condition.
Nice shot,Brian,did you know that the,Fylde,the area around Blackpool was known as windmill land once upon a time,almost all gone,or converted to houses now.
Brian Walbey: I didn't know that Frank, sadly I'm not familiar with that area at all, I ought to rectify that.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Feb 2014, 19:46
Very good, Brian. it looks very exposed down below; I've not seen one like that before. I bet in this windy weather, the sails would be going round at record speed smile
Brian Walbey: This is more or less at the end of the Chilterns where they drop away to Cambridge and the edge of the Fens. I guess they wouldn't let it work in strong winds, far too valuable.
I've never seen one that shape. Good capture.
Brian Walbey: No it looks as though it could topple over with only a little base to stand on.

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