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I spent most of today reading books about windmills. Appropriately enough, the BBC has an article posted today about the Outwood windmill in Surrey, currently for sale if you have 600,000 pounds to spare and an interest in windmills.

The windmill has its own website if you're interested in pretty pictures or in visiting it.

(Thanks to C. for alerting me to the news article!)


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May. 29th, 2003 01:28 am (UTC)
There's a rather nice, working, windmill at Sneinton, on the outskirts of Nottingham. This one's of particular historical interest because it once belonged to the mathematician George Green (whose eponymous Theorem is still taught and used today).

Green himself was a local miller who, despite his rudimentary education, taught himself advanced (certainly by the standards of the day) mathematics, possibly with the aid of a neighbour who was at the time headmaster of the Free Grammar School (my old school). He later (at the age of 40) entered Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge as a student. In addition to mathematics, he had to study Latin, Greek, and ecclesiastical history, but seems to have done rather well - he was listed as Fourth Wrangler in the 1837 exams (which is to say he got the fourth highest marks in mathematics that year).

He was awarded a college fellowship at Caius (pronounced `keys') and wrote several important papers on applied mathematics, before returning to Nottingham in poor health and dying (most likely from a respiratory condition caused by the flour dust) in 1841, at the age of 47.

The mill was restored during the 1980s and a small museum and science centre was built in the yard. The museum shop sells (award-winning, organic) flour produced at the mill, which is open to visitors - you can actually go round the mill and (on a windy day) see it milling the flour.

There's a website, but some of the links on the front page are broken - replace `.html' with `.htm' if you get a `page not found' error.

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