Pitstone Windmill: A Rare and Striking Example of the Earliest Form of Windmill

From a young age, we would pass Pitstone Windmill all the time as it was just down the road. But only since I got into lomography have I seen it as a fantastic place to take dynamic photographs. It’s somewhere you can go back to again and again and see it in different lights and seasons, it never gets old. It’s somewhere to escape the city and relax in the countryside!

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Pitstone Windmill stands in the northeast corner of a large field near the parish boundary of Ivinghoe and Pitstone in Buckinghamshire. It is thought to have been first built circa 1627 as this date is carved on part of the framework. This is the earliest date to be found on any windmill in the British Isles. Surrounded by Bedfordshire countryside and run by the National Trust, it’s a rare and striking example of the earliest form of windmill.

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You can enjoy the remarkable experience of visiting one of the oldest surviving windmills in Britain. Pitstone windmill ground flour for the village for almost three hundred years until a freak storm in the early 1900s left it badly damaged. It was later donated to the National Trust and restored by a team of local volunteers.

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As you walk around, wonder at the way the mill and its machinery balance on the head of a massive wooden post. Discover the tail pole, which the miller had to wrestle with to turn the huge structure to face the wind. Explore the surrounding Chiltern Hills including stunning views from nearby Ivinghoe Beacon.

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You approach Pitstone Post Mill across surrounding Chiltern countryside. This magical view changes with the seasons and I have yet to visit it in all seasons!

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The mill itself is only open for a few hours on Sundays at certain times of the year, but even when the mill is closed, it is worth a visit to see the seasonal color changes of this lovely area. It’s the best time to go when it is closed as most of the time you have it to yourself and can snap away!

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written by nicnocnoo on 2012-03-15 #places #windmill #iconic #location #stunning #select-type-of-location #escape-from-the-city #buckinghamshire

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