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Description: Ramsey Windmill
Date Listed: 29 April 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 120299
OS Grid Reference: TM2092130407
OS Grid Coordinates: 620921, 230407
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9283, 1.2118
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RAMSEY AND PARKESTON THE STREET
TM 23 SW (north-west side)
2/68 Ramsey Windmill
Post mill. 1842. Roundhouse of red brick in Flemish bond, buck timber framed
and weatherboarded, with fabric roofs. Roundhouse of 2 storeys, buck of 3
storeys. The roundhouse has one C20 casement on each floor to SW and NE, and
one plain boarded door on each floor to SE. The buck is fixed with the sails to
NW; it has one sash of 16 lights on each side of the meal floor and stone floor,
one small casement in the tail gable, and a plain boarded door in the tail. The
post and trestle are carried by the exceptionally high roundhouse, which has a
slight batter. The sails are of double-shuttered patent type, now without shutters,
forming the original working set; they were struck by a chain on a purchase
wheel set in the tail wall of the buck. The mill was winded by a six-vaned fan
mounted above the roof, driving via shafts and gears to a worm-wheel mounted on
the quaker-bars below the body, the iron wheels running on a stone track; the
fan is missing, but the remainder of the drive is present, and is unique in
Britain. The buck is lightly built, partly of pine, with oak being reserved for
the main timbers. There are 3 pairs of stones, 2 pairs over-driven in the head,
one under-driven in the tail, offset to the left. Most of the machinery is of
cast iron, except the brake-wheel which is of wooden clasp-arm type with 2
cog-rings. The inner ring was for driving the dressing machinery, now missing.
There is also an interesting drive for a former jog-scry. The mill is believed
to have been moved from Woodbridge, Suffolk, in 1842 by Henry Collins. Robert
Brooks was the first owner, and the mill remained in the hands of the Brooks
family for most of its working life. In 1937 it was sold to R.M. Scott of
Ipswich, and it last worked in 1939. By 1974 it was derelict, with all the main
timbers broken, on the verge of collapse. Repairs were effected by volunteers
from the Suffolk Mills Group and the owner, Michael Organ. No attempt was made
to correct deflections and distortions, but an ingenious system of steel
girders, tie rods and brackets was inserted to prevent further movement. Much
timberwork was replaced, and all the cladding. (K.F. Farries, Essex Windmills,
Millers and Millwrights, IV, 1985).
Listing NGR: TM2093730372
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Source: English Heritage
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