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Pitstone Windmill, Tring

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Pitstone Windmill is a Grade II* listed windmill in England which is thought to date from the early 17th century. It stands in the north-east corner of a large field near the parish boundary of Ivinghoe and Pitstone in Buckinghamshire, and belongs today to the National Trust.HistoryIt is thought to have been first built circa 1627 as this date is carved on part of the framework. This is the earliest date to be found on any windmill in the British Isles. It should be remembered that such a structure would have had to have frequent repairs made to it, so it is quite possible the mill predates 1627.For many hundreds of years grain grown in the two adjoining villages was ground at the mill into flour. In 1874 the mill was bought by Adelbert Wellington Brownlow Cust, 3rd Earl Brownlow who owned the nearby Ashridge Estate. He subsequently let it to a local farmer, who ran a successful milling business from the mill.In 1902 the mill was seriously damaged during an enormous gale, damaging it beyond the price of economic repair. Around 1922 the derelict ruined mill was bought from the Ashridge Estate by a farmer whose land was close to the mill. In 1937 he donated it to the National Trust. However, it was not until 1963 that a band of volunteers began to carry out renovations at their own expense. The mill appeared in an episode of The Champions titled The Invisible Man which was filmed in 1967. In 1970, after an interlude of 68 years, the mill once again ground corn.
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  • Pretty windmill which is easy to access from a tiny car park. I had driven past it many times and not spotted it until I went camping at Town Farm Campground in Ivinghoe.  more »
  • This windmill has been beautifully restored. It's a shame it's no longer a working mill but still very interesting.  more »
  • Take your camera - visually stunning building and views. Try sunset. Not been open when I have 3x visited but no problem  more »
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  • Very nice historic side, ideal for a walk, but I would say more for a warm weather, just because it's open space.
  • Awesome spot for a walk or a jog! The windmill makes for a great photo opportunity. It also opens to public for tours
  • Interesting and very old windmill but opening hours to see inside are restricted to Sunday afternoons and bank holidays. However, you can look at it from the outside any time. Very poor parking.
  • It's free to visit even though limited parking, nice stroll through the fields to the windmill. Not something you see everyday.
  • Its the oldest post mill in UK and if you get a chance to visit it's a must to see. You must check times and dates of opening time on the National Trusts website. Mostly open on Sunday afternoons in the summer. The area is a great place to walk, so including this on you're next one would be a great idea!

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