TL9369 : Pakenham Windmill

taken 8 years ago, near to Ixworth, Suffolk, Great Britain

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Pakenham Windmill
Pakenham Windmill
As seen from the road.
Pakenham Windmill
Pakenham Mill was probably built in the 1820s although dates suggest 1831-35. The mill came into the ownership of the Bryant family in 1885 (and is still in their ownership). In 1947 the mill was nearly tail-winded. The mill was restored in 1950, with a new weatherbeam.

Further restoration took place in 1961, aided by grants from Suffolk County Council, the Ministry of Works. The work was conditional on the Bryant family continuing to work the mill. The copper covered cap was rebuilt and clad in aluminium for maintenance reasons. The mill was struck by lightning in June 1971, a stock being split and a sail damaged. The sack chain saved the mill from being burnt down by giving a route for the lightning to earth. When the mill was repaired a lightning conductor was added.

The most recent restoration of Pakenham windmill was completed in May 2000. The 60,000 cost of the work was 80% funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Pakenham is unusual in having both a working water and windmill, although the windmill isn't producing flour actively like the watermill. Inside is a delight, the governors are a rare chain type and there are two pairs of stones.
The windmill still does produce animal feed and visits can be arranged.
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TL9369, 208 images   (more nearby )
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Thursday, 5 August, 2010   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 5 August, 2010
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Windmill (tower mill)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 931 694 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:17.3385N 0:49.7908E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 931 693
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