TL4462 : Impington Windmill - the sails

taken 3 years ago, near to Histon, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

Impington Windmill - the sails
Impington Windmill - the sails
A close up of the four patent sails with the central spider that adjusts the shutters according to the force of the wind. The striking gear operating the spider works through the centre of the windshaft and uses a weight suspended on a chain below the fan tail to resist the force of the wind. If the wind gusts it raises the weight and the shutters open to spill the wind.
Impington Windmill
The mill comprises five storeys with two in the hexagonal white timber smock and three in the base. It was built on the site of an earlier post mill with the smock mill built in 1776 on the 17th century base. Around 1850 with the advent of the patent sail system the mill was raised to its current height. The original timber in the smock structure is a Baltic Spruce. The sails were fitted in 2007 though there is some work to be done to restore the internal machinery to working order. The mill sails were turned over by the wind for visitors during National Mills Weekend 2013.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 14 May, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 23 February, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
County (from Tags)
Cambridgeshire 
Primary Subject of Photo
Windmill 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 4415 6234 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:14.4227N 0:6.5837E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 4415 6234
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