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Hello Everyone,

This was an unexpected find, in the middle of the town, but what an excellent addition to the pub!

This is the Old Mill in Barton. It is one of the lucky windmills which has survived.

It was built in 1803, on the site of an early, Norman Castle. It used to grind chalk but in 1815 a barley mill and malt kiln were added.

The building started with six sails but these were removed in1868, after one of the sails tumbled into the road.

From 1868, the mill was driven by a gas engine, from the town gas works and continued its working life until 1950.

In 1990, the building was purchased and steps were taken to convert it into a superb Public House and Restaurant.

During the reconstruction, an early Saxon Burial Ground was unearthed. Archaeologists were called in and 106 skeletons, along with a variety of swords, jewellery and glass beads were found; a unique type of baby's feeding bottle was also discovered.

On what is now the Mill's carpark, a lime kiln was discovered dating back to 575 AD.(Information taken from a displayed sign in the pub.)

This little town has such a wealth of history!

As you can see, the mill is under restoration. It was impossible to photograph it without showing the scaffolding. I think you will be surprised to see what is inside the pub, shown in my workshop.

Thanks for your interest, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9662 W: 378 N: 22342] (87586)
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