History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The mill was gifted to the National Trust and restored to working order in 1937. Though it is possible to run the mill, the sails tend to cause fierce shaking, and for that reason they are seldom used.
When was it built?
Though the date of 1627 is generally used, the actual date may be much earlier. The 1627 date is just one of several dates found carved on beams. It seems quite possible that this date marks one of numerous ongoing repairs to the building. If it indeed older, it may well be the earliest post mill in Britain. Records in the Buckingham County Museum show a payments made to carpenters working on the mill in the period 1624-1628, but there is no indication of how old the mill was at that date.
The mill ground grain into flour for the nearby villages. So important was it to the local economy that even after the advent of the Industrial Revolution the mill continued to be repaired and updated.
What is a 'Post Mill'?
A post mill pivots the entire structure around a central post, or pillar. A long beam provides leverage, and the entire mill is turned to catch the wind. This is quite different from later mills where just the top part of the mill pivots.
About Pitstone Windmill
Address: Ivinghoe, Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire, England
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: half mile S of Ivinghoe
Website: Pitstone Windmill
Phone: 01442 851 227
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
OS: SP946 158
Photo Credit: Cameraman, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Pitstone, St Mary's Church - 0.6 miles (Historic Church)
Ford End Watermill - 0.6 miles (Historic Building)
Ashridge Estate - 2.1 miles (Countryside)
Edlesborough, St Mary's Church - 2.6 miles (Historic Church)
Natural History Museum at Tring - 3.2 miles (Museum)
Eaton Bray, St Mary the Virgin Church - 3.4 miles (Historic Church)
Ashridge - 3.7 miles (Historic House)
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo - 3.9 miles (Family Attraction)
Nearest Accommodation to Pitstone Windmill:
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Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')