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Initials Inscriptions

The volunteer miller on the day of my visit informed me that the post takes on a load of 30 tons and is still the same oaken wood as the original mill. Some names of previous millers were seen carved into the timbre. Apparently, the sides of the exterior were sometimes used for painted adverts. The miller also explained how a functioning mill has its movements and vibrations that keep insects and birds at bay. Running my hand over the weathered surface, I could feel the reassuring solidness of the oak. Not far from the mill, a newly built house contains some exhibits. On alternate Sundays of every month, the mill is open from 13.00 to 17.00 and is used to grind maize, gerst (barley) or haver (oats), subject to availability of wind. Despite there being considerable open space all around and the houses beyond not being too tall in height, the miller said it was diffucult to consistently catch sufficient wind.  

 

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Initials Inscriptions

The volunteer miller on the day of my visit informed me that the post takes on a load of 30 tons and is still the same oaken wood as the original mill. Some names of previous millers were seen carved into the timbre. Apparently, the sides of the exterior were sometimes used for painted adverts. The miller also explained how a functioning mill has its movements and vibrations that keep insects and birds at bay. Running my hand over the weathered surface, I could feel the reassuring solidness of the oak. Not far from the mill, a newly built house contains some exhibits. On alternate Sundays of every month, the mill is open from 13.00 to 17.00 and is used to grind maize, gerst (barley) or haver (oats), subject to availability of wind. Despite there being considerable open space all around and the houses beyond not being too tall in height, the miller said it was diffucult to consistently catch sufficient wind.  

 

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comments (13)

History carved in wood...
Ayush Basu: In a way, yes, Larry.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Sep 2018, 03:29
I did wonder if there was enough movement of air here, Alush.
Ayush Basu: In the past there was more unblocked space, Ray. Modern high rises (even two or three storeyed buildings) challenge that.
Le bois, il n'y a pas à  dire, c'est vraiment du solide ! 1807 en est une belle preuve, il traverse tout doucement le temps...
Bonne journée Ayush
Ayush Basu: Yes, indeed, a good record of the time period, Pascale. Merci.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 2 Sep 2018, 07:29
Nice to see this evidence of the mill's history Ayush
Ayush Basu: The miller helped to point out some, Chris. I may have not found them on my own.
It is nice to think of the miller back in 1807 carving his initials having no thought that his mill would still be operating over 200 years later
Ayush Basu: Yes, it is quite some time period indeed, Bill.
wow, all those years ago... speaking from the grave! amazing!
Ayush Basu: Precisely, Elaine! I cannot think of anything else that will last that long.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Sep 2018, 10:30
Once the milling is in process, the miller would have enough time to scratch his name.
Ayush Basu: Or if there is thunder and lightning outside, Louis.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 3 Sep 2018, 15:40
these are quite a find and photographed so nicely
Ayush Basu: I appreciated the volunteer's effort to point them out, Sherri.
ancient i Phones Ayush... i love the textures in these images....petersmile
Ayush Basu: I too loved the textures, Peter.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Sep 2018, 18:40
The issue with the wind was particularly relevant when this was a fully working mill. That wood will still be there long after you and I have gone.
Ayush Basu: You are quite right, Alan. I can think of only a few things that can last that long.
I wonder if there is documentary evidence to identify the initials.
Ayush Basu: I cannot answer that but I think most names should be available, Tom.
All interesting for sure.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Sep 2018, 14:34
It sounds fascinating. I like the carvings in the wood they remind me of stonemasons leaving their mark.

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