Windmills have been in existence for over eight hundred years and, although only a fraction of those that once ground corn, pumped water and provided power for industry and -agriculture now survive, they are still a distinctive and often -dramatic presence in the British landscape. Among the most -important features of these survivors are the -variations in -design that have come about through their different -origins, the use of local materials in their construction, and the -influence of millwrights and millers – those who built and worked them – in different parts of the country. -Understanding these variations is vital for the protection and maintenance of windmills, the continued survival of which allows a fascinating insight into the historic use of renewable energy, the development of engineering, and the processing of grain for flour and bread, as well as other -essential products.
Since 1988 Martin Watts has worked as a traditional millwright and consultant, his work covering many aspects of the repair, maintenance, conservation and interpretation of historic mills and their machinery.
Other books for Shire by this author:
Water and Wind Power