Saturday, March 07, 2009

Skerries Mills

I took the €6.50 guided tour (just me and the guide as it's not quite tourist season here). Both mills can be powered by wind or water and were historically used for grinding oats, barley, wheat, etc... The grey stone mill was built in the late 1500s and the white mill (aka The Great Windmill of Skerries) in the late 1700s. The tops of both mills are tower-mills, where the top of the mill can be rotated to allow the blades to catch the wind (the grey mill's top sits on wooden castors and is turned by a hand lever from inside the mill; the white mill's top is turned by a tail pole that can be hooked to a tractor).

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