Click Mill - The Works

Richard Ion

Lancaster, United Kingdom

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OK, I promise this is the last photo of this subject (for a while at least!). To recap:

Click Mills are thought to be Scandinavian in origin and probably date back a thousand years or so and remained relatively unchanged, as did life in general, for most of that time. A handful have been restored to working or near-working condition in the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland. This one is one of group at Huxter (near Melby) on the westernmost edge of mainland Shetland.
The mechanism was very simple: a stream was channeled underneath the mill where it turned a simple paddle wheel, which you can see in this shot, connected to a shaft which turned the millstone. The ‘click’ came from the wooden ‘ratchet’ that shook the grain hopper to release grain into the millstone.

Thanks for looking.
Richard

For other views of this mill see here, here and here

Tech detls:
Nikon D300
Nikon 16-85mm VR @ 20mm
1/60s f3.8 – Built-in flash
ISO200

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