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Pitstone Green Windmill
Pitstone Green, Buckinghamshire
Pitstone Green Windmill
associated engineer
Not known
date  1627
era  Stuart  |  category  Windmill  |  reference  SP944157
ICE reference number  HEW 1768
photo  J. Brian Powell
Pitstone Green Windmill (sometimes known as Ivinghoe Windmill) is the oldest dated post mill in England but it is not typical of early post mills as it has a roundhouse.
Having a roundhouse makes this a 'turret' post mill. However, the state of the timbers would indicate that the roundhouse is a later addition. The date 1627 is carved on a timber in the windmill but there is also 1749, presumably added at the time of a rebuilding or when the roundhouse was added.
The mill has a black horizontally-boarded buck, or body, with a curved gabled roof, a rear ladder, a tailpole with wheel, and four common anticlockwise sails. The roundhouse is 6.7m in diameter and painted white.
The heaviest machinery is original: the other machinery is from other mills. The windshaft and brake-wheel are wooden, other gearing is made of iron. Both pairs of underdrift stones are in the breast. A single governor controls both. The wire machine in the tail came from a de?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????u????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????*????????????????????????????????R???????????[????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????;??????????????????????????????????????e???
reference sources   CEH E&CWGE

Pitstone Green Windmill