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Description: Bembridge Windmill
Date Listed: 16 April 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 310040
OS Grid Reference: SZ6398087476
OS Grid Coordinates: 463980, 87476
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6834, -1.0957
SZ68NW Bembridge Windmill
Windmill, c1700. Tower type. Built of Isle of Wight stone
rubble, the south side cement rendered, with wooden cap and
sails. 3 stages. The lowest stage has 2 cambered stone arched
openings, the top has square stone openings. Wooden cogged
eaves cornice. Boat-shaped wooden cap, fantail and four
Interior has a remarkable survival of early C18 wooden
machinery. The bin floor has the cap and turning gear, the
great brake wheel and windshaft turning the sack hoist, the
wallower and grain bins. The stone floor has the alarm bell,
damsel, runner stone, bed stone, tun and grain hopper. The
machine floor has the bran shuttle, tun and great spur wheel.
The building was sketched by JMW Turner in 1795 and was in
continuous use until 1897. From 1897 to 1915 it was used only
for cattle feed. In 1962 it was taken over by the National
Trust. The steps between the first and second floor have the
inscription 'E Beker 1746 AC' but other inscriptions have been
found which could be 1701 although this is not at all clear.
The mill accords with the date of the barn to the mill house,
the 3 buildings probably being erected about the same time.
(NATIONAL TRUST HANDBOOK).
Listing NGR: SZ6398087476
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Source: English Heritage
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