National mills heritage day


On Sunday 15th September, I took advantage of viewing and climbing the Ullesthorpe Subscription windmill dating from 1800. This visit was prompted following a recent Thursday walk when walkers passed by the mill.

Ullesthorpe MillThis photograph was taken from the Chequers Inn car park. This tower mill is an impressive example of milling technology before the general use of cast iron.  The tower is made of brick and the main parts are of wooden machinery.

I learned the Kibworth Harcourt mill was also open and I drove to it via Gilmorton, Peatling Magna, Bruntingthorpe, and Saddington.  This can be described as a post mill and was  built in the 18th century.  Features seen were spring and common sails, tailpole, head and tail millstones, two hoists and a flour dresser.

Kibworth Post MillThese old mills were built to last and this made me wonder whether newly erected wind turbines would still be with us in two hundred years time!

Brian Jenkinson, (Hon Sec. Leicestershire Footpath Association)