Maud Foster Mill, Boston, UK
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N 52° 59.011 W 000° 01.079
30U E 700175 N 5874598
Quick Description: Maud Foster Mill in Boston Lincolnshire
Location: United Kingdom
Date Posted: 5/10/2007 1:00:22 PM
Waymark Code: WM1H9D
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member montythemule
Views: 122

Long Description:
The late Peter Dolmans writes in his book "Lincolnshire Windmills - a contemporary survey...

"One of the best sited and proportioned mills in Lincolnshire, this beautiful tower mill was erected for Thomas and Isaac Reckitt in 1819 by the Hull millwrights Norman and Smithson. The original drawings and accounts survive, telling us that it cost £1826-10s-6d, which was a large sum in those days. It shows just how far advanced millwrighting was in this area by 1819, with all iron gearing, patent sails and a tall, well proportioned tower.

It worked until 1942 and was preserved as a landmark in 1953, the last of more than a dozen mills in the town.
There are five patent sails, the shutters of which are now at Wrawby mill. An unusual feature is the weather beam (or 'rode balk') which is of cast iron, probably replacement of the original wooden one. The brake wheel is of wooden clasp-arm type with an iron tooth ring and wooden brake. The wallower is also of iron with a wooden friction drive to the sackhoist. The dust floor is more spacious than is often found in Lincolnshire and is lit by windows, a welcome change from the gloomy, cramped space usually encountered by mill explorers!

Three pairs of stones, two grey and one French, survive on the fourth floor with vats, spouts etc. all intact. The great spur wheel is of iron, as is the upright shaft. The stone nuts have wooden cogs, as usual. The spout floor gives access to the reefing stage and contains a fine governor which controls all three pairs of stones. The bridge trees are of iron and are Y shaped, with integral bridging boxes.

The mill was restored in 1988 and still grinds organic flour for a living. Visitors may climb all seven floors and see the milling process in action as well as enjoy fine views of the town from the balcony. Maud's tearoom in the old granary serves morning coffee, lunches and afternoon teas with good old-fashioned home baking and local specialities on the menu. The mill shop sells flour, porridge and good quality souvenirs as well as local history books."

Date of Manufacture: 01/01/1819

Purpose: Milling

Open to the public: yes

Is This Windmill Functional?: Yes!

Windmill Farm: no

Museum on Site: no

Cost: Not Listed

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