A Big Cog in a Bigger Wheel

by MikeInDevon

Today we visited Otterton Mill - a working historic waterwheel powered mill in Devon.

This is a detail of the mill's Crown Wheel, its individual cogs can be replaced just by knocking a worn one out and banging in a new one. Shortly after this the mill was run and flour produced.

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Uploaded19/02/2023 - 19:44
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Posted 19/02/2023 - 20:03 Link
Amazing technology despite its age, the wooden gears are self lubricating and pretty quiet considering the size of the gears and forces involved. Love the detail in the photo.
Posted 19/02/2023 - 23:00 Link
Thanks David.

You're right the whole machine was surprisingly quiet when milling, it made a lovely regular musical rhythmical sound. The miller's said you can tell by the sound if it running well or something is amiss.

Posted 19/02/2023 - 23:50 Link
Great idea for a picture and well presented with lots of detail. It just asks you to keep looking at it.
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