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If you know anything about windmills, you will realise that Colley's Mill is a 'tower' mill, i.e. a fixed tower with a rotating cap which is the same design as the New Bradwell Mill. (of course you knew that)
You can park at N 52° 03.718 W 000° 47.425
New Bradwell Mill was erected circa. 1805. by Mr Samual Holman. Valuation at the time suggests the cost at approximately £500. He worked the mill until his death in 1825, inherited by his wife and son. By 1846, the mill was owned by Elizabeth Curtis and during this time operated by William Carr of Carr's Mill, Haversham.
Robert Adams of Bradwell Abbey and his son bought it in 1857; Robert ran the business until 1871.
It has a stone tower, built from stone quarried locally, the footings of which were reinforced by a mound, which acted as an elevated walkway to allow the miller to attend to the sails. Originally the mill had two types of sails, one pair of 52-ft. common sail’s and one pair of 52ft. spring sails. The renovated mill has four spring sails.
Inside, the mill has three floors above ground level, the stone floor, the bin floor, and the dust floor. The stone floor has two sets of millstones, one pair made from Derbyshire peak or grey stone were used to grind animal feed. The other pair is French burrs, a composite stone of very hard quartzite from the Paris region, for grinding finer flour for human consumption. An unusual feature of New Bradwell Mill is the fireplace.
Only one other mill in Britain is known to have taken this risk, as flour dust is very explosive.
The mill finally ceased working in 1876 when the Railway Company bought adjacent land for the development of the Wolverton to Newport Pagnell line.
There is a story of the Mill being haunted, of course attached to a love story. In 1685 the daughter of a local miller was sought in marriage by two youths, one of whom killed the other in a fit of jealousy. After which he was gibbeted for his crime and shortly afterwards the girl herself was found dead in one of the upper compartments of her father's mill. Her ghost is now said to haunt Bradwell Mill.
Count the number of Windows, minus 3 equals A
Count the number of all Padlocks on the front door, minus 2 that equals B
Count the number of Sails the Windmill has, multiple by 2 that equals C
The Final cache is at N’ 52’ 03.ABC W000’ 47.420
Have fun this is my first cache, so please feel free to send me your comments.
PS incase your thinking "Colley Mill", Windy Miller lived and worked in Colley Mill.
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