Suffolk Windmills: Bardwell and Stanton
13 May 2012
It being National Mills Weekend, Stephen and his Mum had an afternoon visiting a
few of the windmills of Suffolk. The outing started frustratingly, as the
Drinkstone windmill, despite being listed on the National Mills website as being
open this weekend, was distinctly shut - with no indication of how to reach it
from the road nor anyone about. However, the other two we visited were much more
satisfactory. So first, Bardwell...
The windmill was partly destroyed by the Great Storm of October 1987 when the
cap and sails were lifted off the brick tower. After much fundraising and
practical work, a new cap and fantail were fitted in 2004. Today was the first
running of the mill with four sails, though two of them still need additional
One of the complete sails (left) and incomplete (top)
In addition to the windmill itself, there were produce stalls selling a variety
of things including some delicious bread.
It was then on to the nearby village of Stanton...
Whereas at Bardwell, only the cap and sails rotate, with this type of "post"
windmill, the whole body above the brick roundhouse rotates to face the wind.
Around the back from the previous photo, these wheels move around the brick
The fantail catches the wind if it isn't directly behind the body of the
windmill, and its rotation is transferred directly to the wheels. It was
possible to see the slow movement.
The little step had to be moved several times to line it up with the main flight
Inside, the grinding stones.
Looking down on the fantail.
We had a fascinating tour and explanation - definitely recommended.