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Chesterton

Chesterton wind mill has stood on the hill overlooking the village for almost 350 years. It was built in 1632 and has probably had three major reconstruction’s: one in 1776 when the windshaft was modified (the date is carved in the tail of the shaft); one in 1860 when the old curb and cap framing was altered; and one in 1969 when reconstruction began after the windmill had ceased functioning in 1910. It is currently owned by the Warwickshire County Council and operated by the Midlands WWMG on its open days.

There are two floors inside the Mill. The lower floor houses the mill stones, great spur wheel, and sack hoist. The upper floor the windshaft, main gearing and winding equipment. Until 1930, the space inside the arches had a wooden structure to store the grain and an open staircase to reach the mill. This structure was removed to prevent vandalism I have no information but a  likely arrangement is shown in these drawings based on one obscure photograph and the layout of the floor joists above

To date I have not had the opportunity to visit or measure the mill so these impressions are based on drawings previously published in the TIMS 2nd transaction 1969 and supported by information supplied by the Mills Archive Trust for which I am extremely grateful and numerous photographs taken for me by Mark Berry without which there would be virtually no detail in these drawings. (See the link to Marks site at the bottom of the page) There are one or two areas I am unsure of so if I have made a wrong assumptions please contact me.

Main points needing confirmation, final pivot point on sack hoist, brake arm catch, sail pitch, photos of store & stair pre 1930 removal & any other observations.

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Again my thanks to both Mark and Adam Marriott without there help and input some parts of the drawings would not have been possible or have much detail.