Whissendine Mill

by morpheus71

“Be as a tower firmly set; Shakes not its top for any blast that blows.”

(Dante Alighieri - Italian author and poet 1265-1321)

A burst of transient afternoon light bathes the stonework of Whissendine Windmill in Rutland.

Whissendine Windmill was originally built in 1809 by the Earls of Harborough who also owned Stapleford Park and the rest of the village.

Most of the machinery in this six storey Tower Mill dates from 1862-3. The interior has a smutter, four mill stones, three flour dressers and a rare Wesmann roller mill.

In the 1860s it was sold on, and then a couple more times until it rested with the Kitchen family who owned it right through until damage from gale force winds forced the working mill to close in April 1922.

In 1995 Nigel Moon bought the windmill for £50,000, and set to the task of returning the building to its former greatness. To bring the mill back to life the whole top of the structure had to be rebuilt and major gearing replaced.

Following restoration the mill is now worked by four patent sails.

Technical Information:

Pentax K-x
Pentax 18-55mm SMC/ DAL lens
Cromatek Circular Polarizer
Manfrotto 190XProB tripod
Manfrotto 498RC2 panoramic ball-head

Focal length = 18mm
Aperture = f/8
Exposure Duration = 1/90 second
ISO = 200

Pseudo-High Dynamic Range image from 3 ‘split-RAW’ (-1.66, 0, +1.66ev equivalents))

Processed in Photomatix Pro 3.26
Finished using Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 3.6 and Photoshop CS2.

Weather conditions: Thin high altitude cloud and occasional bursts of transient light
Uploaded09/09/2013 - 11:22
Shutter Speed1389/125000
Focal Length18mm

Posted 09/09/2013 - 15:12 Link
Great shot love the detail on the stone work, haven't been in this area since my parents moved about 20 years ago but still remember this, but in not as good condition.
Posted 09/09/2013 - 17:26 Link
Thx for using words of Dante. Really another good capture
Posted 09/09/2013 - 21:42 Link
Very appropriate quotation. Beautiful shot of a handsome mill.
Posted 10/09/2013 - 01:01 Link
Thanks very much for all the generous comments from Malc, Giulio and Blaze

Some more pictures (of the inside and the miller) in my blog article on this wonderful building

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