Wicken Windmill, Cambridgeshire

A 'smock' windmill.  Inside, the mill drove three pairs of millstones, the two larger pairs being of 4 feet 6 inches (1.37m) diameter.

Wicken Corn Mill is a large windmill with many characteristic Cambridgeshire features.

  • The tarred tower carries the white domed cap with its vertically boarded roof.
  • The cap carries the four large sails of 63 feet (19.2m) overall span and 9 feet (2.74m) width.
  • The sails open to spill the wind and control the power according to Cubitt's patent of 1807.
  • The cap and sails are turned to face the wind automatically by the blue fantail, a small wind rotor set above the rear of the cap.
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