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Alford Mill

During our Skegness holiday we drove out to the small town of Alford, more of that another time, but we had been told there is a windmill there so it couldn’t be missed. Sadly on that day it wasn’t open so all I could do was grab a couple of shots from the car park. Alford Windmill is a seven-storeyed Lincolnshire type tower windmill with a stage – featuring a slender, tapering brick tower, tarred to keep the moisture out, covered with a white onion-shaped cap with fan-stage, huge fantail, and white sails.

 

Alford Mill

During our Skegness holiday we drove out to the small town of Alford, more of that another time, but we had been told there is a windmill there so it couldn’t be missed. Sadly on that day it wasn’t open so all I could do was grab a couple of shots from the car park. Alford Windmill is a seven-storeyed Lincolnshire type tower windmill with a stage – featuring a slender, tapering brick tower, tarred to keep the moisture out, covered with a white onion-shaped cap with fan-stage, huge fantail, and white sails.

 

comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Thailanddy plu
  • 17 Jul 2015, 02:13
It is a monster!
Brian Walbey: Yes I was surprised just how large it is.
What a great shot - your processing is perfect for this!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth, we are both windmill people today.
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston
  • 17 Jul 2015, 06:50
It is good we still have a few of these in working order, Brian
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is Lisl, there are still quite a few in East Anglia.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Jul 2015, 06:54
A beautiful image Brian, the sky is wonderful too
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Jul 2015, 07:23
That is a very nice windmill and the sky is just wonderful.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alford_Windmill
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid, and quite different to the windmills round your way.
I'm fascinated by how different your mills are from the Dutch mills, Brian. For one thing, the Dutch don't have the extra smaller "mill" on the top-back. That really intrigues me....
Brian Walbey: Yes very different to the Dutch mills, but not all the mills in this country have that revolving top on them which is to get the sails in the right position for the wind.
Sepia suits here
Brian Walbey: I thought it looked better than colour Chantal.
That is a very cool windmill. Excellent way to show it off too.
Brian Walbey: Lovely isn't it. I thought sepia suited this one.
Well you gort a great view of it from the car park Brian. Lovely shot
Brian Walbey: Indeed I did, thanks Janet.
Stunning Brian, you and Jaquelyn both showing windmills today.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chad. It is Elizabeth with the windmill today though.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Jul 2015, 15:49
An interesting looking mill, with that contraption at the back like the stabilising rotor of a helicopter. I like the processing.
Brian Walbey: The small wheel is used to turn the top and sails into the right place to pick up the wind, many smaller mills over here the whole main section revolves rather like this one http://www.beenthere-donethat.org.uk/sussex/nutley02big.html
What a nice looking windmill Brian! I quite like your processing here.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, I thought sepia suited it.
Nice b/w of this, Brian. Don't know if you know. but the Fylde, where I live used to be known as windmill land, a few still with their sails, but most now converted to living accommodation.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frank. I must be honest and say that I don't really know much about the Fylde area, especially the windmills, although Elizabeth found a nice one to show today. East Anglia was at one time full of mills and thankfully some still survive, especially near to where I grew up in North Hertfordshire.
It looks a fine specimen Brian. Shame it wasn't open
Brian Walbey: Quite a large mill, we were quite disappointed it wasn't open, which was the same for Gunby Hall (NT) when we wanted to visit there later in the week!
A wonderful survival - nicely presented, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom, we were just disappointed it was shut that day.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Jul 2015, 20:44
Wonderful see this looking to be in good condition. I don't recall seeing a five-bladed sail before.
Brian Walbey: It was a shame it was closed, and I don't recall five sailed mills either.

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