Mills of Merseyside

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  • Bidston Windmill, Birkenhead

    Bidston Windmill, Birkenhead, Merseyside, North-West England

    Windmill

    It is believed that there has been a windmill, on this site, since 1596.

    North-West England - Merseyside, Biston

    It is believed that there has been a windmill, on this site, since 1596.

    Bidston Windmill was ideally placed to catch the wind and was able to produce over 100 pounds (45 kg) of flour every 3 to 5 minutes.However, the mill was difficult to access by cart. The previous structure, a wooden peg mill, was destroyed by fire in 1791 (although some sources state 1793). During a gale, the sails got out of control and the friction produced by the revolving wooden mechanism caused the entire mill to burst into flames.

    The current building was built around 1800 and continued working as a flour mill until about 1875. After falling into disuse the windmill and the land, on which it stands, was purchased by Birkenhead Corporation and restored from 1894.

    (National Mills Weekend 2019: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of May)
    (Please, always check if the mill is open to the public before your visit.)