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Record details

BCC record ID:0402400000
Type of record:Building
Summary:Nineteenth century windmill at Quainton, the tallest in Buckinghamshire
Grid Reference:SP 74672 20222
Parish:

QUAINTON, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

Monument type(s)

  • TOWER MILL (19th Century to Modern - 1800 AD to 1945 AD)
  • (Former) WINDMILL (19th Century - 1800 AD to 1899 AD)

Associated finds: none recorded

Protected status

  • Listed Building

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
Plan Form - CIRCULAR
Grade II. Windmill. Dated 1830 on bricks, adapted for steam engine later C19, abandoned 1881, in process of restoration 1984. Red and vitreous header brick. Tapering circular tower of unusual height due to position in lee of hill. Six storeys. Windows with segmental heads and cast iron glazing bars, mostly renewed. Door to south with similar fanlight. Wooden balcony to third floor. Metal dome to be replaced, sails to be re-made. Most machinery intact, including main spindle, drive wheels for 3 grind stones, gear mechanism for fantail, belt driven spindles for flour-dresser, and spindle for sack hoist (B8).
LISTED GRADE 2. TALLEST TOWER MILL IN BUCKS, 65 FT HIGH (B7).
6 STOREY, IRON DOME ROOF (B2).
OF BRICK, MADE NEARBY (SEE B8 & CASS 4184).
2 BRICKS (?NEAR BASE) INSCRIBED 1830 (B1 & B7).
MENTIONED IN ACCOUNT BOOKS C1832 (B6).
DERELICT C20; RESTORATION BEGAN 1975 & CONTINUES (B7).

Sources and further reading

<1>Bibliographic reference: SMITH D 1932 ENGLISH WINDMILLS VOL 2 PP137-138.
<2>Bibliographic reference: INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY RECORD NO 238406 (FILED).
<3>Bibliographic reference: VINCE J 1976 WINDMILLS IN BUCKS & THE CHILTERNS P2 5.
<4>Bibliographic reference: SMITH AC 1976 WINDMILLS IN BUCKS & OXON P18 & ILLU S P11.
<5>Verbal communication: ARP 1977(MAY) PERS COMM; FIELD VISIT.
<6>Bibliographic reference: FARNELL M 1982 ACCOUNT BOOKS OF WILLIAM COOPER, MI LLWRIGHT OF AYLESBURY IN RECSOFBUCKS"24PP118-124".
<7>Bibliographic reference: QUAINTON WINDMILL SOCIETY PAMPHLET IN CAS FILE (HA S A RECONSTRUCTION DIAGRAM).
<8>Bibliographic reference: DOE. 1985. DOE List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. p39

Associated excavations and fieldwork

  • EBC1345:

Related monuments

Images

Quainton windmill  © Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive

Reports

No image caption available  © Buckinghamshire County Council

No image caption available © Buckinghamshire County Council