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BCC record ID:0401900000
Type of record:Building
Summary:Late eighteenth to early nineteenth century tower mill converted to a house in 1931.
Grid Reference:SP 86702 08194

WENDOVER, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

Monument type(s)

  • TOWER MILL (Built 1796-1804 18th Century to 19th Century - 1700 AD to 1899 AD)
  • HOUSE (Modern - 1931 AD to 1999 AD)
  • WINDMILL (18th Century to Modern - 1796 AD to 1904 AD)
  • (Former) CORN MILL (19th Century to Modern - 1804 AD to 1926 AD)
  • (Former) STEAM ENGINE (First mentioned 1875 19th Century - 1800 AD to 1899 AD)

Associated finds: none recorded

Protected status

  • Listed Building
  • Planning Notification Area

Public access information

Is the site accessible to the public?No
Is the site visible from a public viewpoint?Yes

Full description

Dimensions - Height 0020 m Radius 0004 m
Grade II. Tower mill, now a house, built 1796-1804 altered C20. Tall tapering polygonal tower of brick, partly cement rendered. Ogee shaped dome covered with aluminium with similar shaped dormer, projecting and balustraded platform. Irregular 2-light casements and door with segmental arches. Sails removed in 1904 when an engine was installed. Ceased working 1926. Converted to house 1931, roof altered 1947 (B9).
Maps of c.1822 and 1825 show a windmill approx at NGR (B1-2).
Brick tower mill said to have been built c.1804. mill is 26 feet across inside ground floor and has walls at base 3 feet thick. 5 floors with gallery around 2nd floor. All gear inside and outside gone. Sails removed 1904 and steam power installed. Stopped work in 1928 or 1929 and was dismantled in 1931 (B3).
Tall tower mill with 8 sides. Aluminium cap. Windshaft and brakewheel remain. Converted into house (B4).
Built 1796-1804. Hexagonal brick tower approx 66 feet high. Diameter at curb 18 feet. Could be turned inside by a winch. 300 teeth on cog ring. Bricks used in its construction made at St Leonards. Ceased working 1926 and used as dwelling since 1931 (B5).
Tower mill converted into a house. Octagonal red brick tower. Cemented at top. Large ogee aluminium sheet covered cap with gallery and metal sail cross. Date 1796 on mill. Completed 1804. Sails off 1904. Cap rebuilt 1969 (B6).
At NGR (B7).
There were repairs to the mill in 1823-32 by Mr Cooper. Mill sold in Sept 1875 Together with a 12-horse-power steam engine which had been installed before then [despite sourse 3, above]. [Further details, illustration etc](B8,B11-12).
Plan and external elevations (B10).
Buildings report held at NMR (B13)

Sources and further reading

<1>Map: 1822. OS C.1822 2-INCH DRAFT MAP.
<2>Map: Andrew Bryant. 1825. Map of the County of Buckinghamshire. Printed map. Linen. 1.5 inches:1 mile.
<3>Bibliographic reference: SMITH D 1932 ENGLISH WINDMILLS 2 P138.
<4>Unpublished document: J K Major. 1973-4. INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY RECORD CARDS NO.238407.
<5>Bibliographic reference: VINCE J 1976 WINDMILLS IN BUCKS & THE CHILTERNS P2 8 & ILLUS P14.
<6>Bibliographic reference: SMITH A C 1976 WINDMILLS IN BUCKS & OXON P19.
<7>Verbal communication: Andrew Pike (BCM). 1977. PIKE A R, JUNE 1977, PERS COMM FOLLOWING FIELD VISIT.
<8>Verbal communication: Andrew Pike (BCM). 1981. ROBERTON MR & MRS K, FARNELL MRS M & PIKE A R, NOV 1981, FOLLOWING SITE VISIT.
<9>Bibliographic reference: DOE. 1985. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. p81
<10>Graphic material: BSA Chesters Ltd. 2008. Architect's plan and elevation drawings of exterior of Wendover windmill..
<11>Unpublished document: Messrs Reader & Son (Auctioneers). 1875. ORIGINAL OF 1875 SALE PARTICULARS IN BRO.
<12>Article in serial: M Farnell. 1982. 'Account Books of William Cooper, Millright of Aylesbury', in Recs of Bucks 24 pp118-124. Vol 24.
<13>Unpublished document: English Heritage. 2006. NMR Buildings Reports. BF002008

Associated excavations and fieldwork

  • EBC17088: Site visit
  • EBC17089: Site visit

Related monuments: none


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