With the whole Don Quijote theme running through the last posts it seems appropriate to put this link to a great new idea in theory from Spain to participate in reading out loud the Cervantes classic Don Quijote on youtube(I think in Spanish). It’s a hefty book and anything that makes Cervante´s all time classic more accessible is welcome.
Moneymore mill(formerly known as Weeford Mill, formerly known as Canwell mill)
In the quests for windmills, this is one of the furthest locations Ernst and Abe will have to travel in Tamworth Timehikes, it’s located to the south of Weeford(look for the windmill symbol in the present ordnance map below)
This has got to be one of the top 10 strange locations for a windmill, smack bang in the middle of a working quarry. Don´t know how they did it, but somehow someone managed that the tower survived in the midst of quarry HQ. With the dilemma of how could they get the pictures of the place ( they couldn´t ask for obvious reasons ) Ernst and Abe paraglided over the quarry and managed to take this picture below.
taken from http://www.multimap.com
To get in closer Abe and Ernst decided on using one of the bulldozers as cover, in all the excitement they didn´t take any pictures, a poor excuse.
According to Windmill World , it was first mentioned in 1818 and consists of surviving windmill tower. Taking a look at the first ordnance survey map below of the area, dated to 1817, it´s clearly marked out as Canwell Mill(map taken from british library website).
Did it have any relation to nearby Canwell hall, which was previously the site of the medieval Canwell priory? Priories were working institutes and would often have a ‘mill’ in their property. The mill itself was from the late 18th/early 19th century, connection to an earlier mill is pure conjecture and can´t find anything out there. Apart from that according to English Heritage it was used as a flour mill.
Below is an image of Reads Flour Mill in nearby Burton, demolished in 2000, to give an idea of a functioning mill in the area. The image is taken from Staffordshire past track.