Bradwell Windmill, off Grafton Street V6, Milton Keynes
The New Bradwell Windmill was originally built on an acre of land purchased by Samual Holman in 1803.
Before Bradwell Mill was built people from the area probably relied on water mills on the Ouse or Bradwell Brook. It has been beautifully restored to working order by the Milton Keynes Development Corporation.
Inside there are 3 floors, the stone floor, the bin floor and the dust floor at the top. On the front of the mill you can see one of its original millstones used to grind the flour.
An item of Bradwell Windmills eccentricity is the small fireplace on the ground floor. Only one other mill in Britain is known to have taken this extraordinary risk as flour dust is notoriously explosive. Very few visitors to the Mill ever notice the flue opening outside.
New Bradwell Windmill is now a Grade II listed building.
Legend has it, that the Mill is being haunted… In 1685 the daughter of a local miller was sought in marriage by two youths, one of whom killed the other in a fit of jealousy. After which he was gibbeted for his crime and shortly afterwards the girl herself was found dead in one of the upper compartments of her father’s mill. Her ghost is now said to haunt Bradwell Mill.
Opposite to the mill is another interesting local site, the Grafton Street Aqueduct which carries the Grand Union Canal over Grafton Street.
[Sony a350, Sigma 10-20@10mm, f:5.6, 1/500, ISO-100; Three exposures converted from a single RAW file, and merged with Photomatix Pro; Converted to B&W using Channel Mixer]