Card cover, 64pp., profusely illustrated with colour photographs and drawings.
Although windmills have been in existence for over 800 years, only a fraction of those that once ground corn, pumped water and provided power for industry and agriculture now survive. This book explores the huge variety of windmill designs and features that have resulted from their different contexts and purposes; the use of local materials in their construction; and the influence of the millwrights and millers who built and operated them. These differences emphasise the importance of protecting and maintaining windmills, whose continued survival allows a fascinating insight into the development of engineering, the use of renewable energy and the processing of grain and other essential products throughout history.
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