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Bidston Hill Windmill


I decided to go across the River Mersey to photograph some shipping but there was none about so I went is search of this windmill, I had heard about it but have never seen it before. High on Bidston Hill the old flour mill is ideally situated to catch the wind but there is no road up to it so how they transported the wheat and flour is open to conjecture. I know that I found it difficult to climb the hill the way I went.

There has been a mill here from about 1596 but the original burnt down in 1793 and was replaced by this stone structure.

Legend has it that one of the millers was killed when he walked out of the mill door and was hit by one of the sails. Another story tells that a tinker who was selling pots and pans went to call on the miller. He tied his donkey to one of the sails. While inside talking to the miller, the wind blew, the sails turned, and the donkey and all the pots and pans were lifted into the air.

By 1875 the mill was no longer in use and it was allowed to fall into decay. The last miller was a man called Youds. In 1894 Mr R. S. Hudson, a soap manufacturer, paid for the mill to be restored.

Bidston Hill Windmill


I decided to go across the River Mersey to photograph some shipping but there was none about so I went is search of this windmill, I had heard about it but have never seen it before. High on Bidston Hill the old flour mill is ideally situated to catch the wind but there is no road up to it so how they transported the wheat and flour is open to conjecture. I know that I found it difficult to climb the hill the way I went.

There has been a mill here from about 1596 but the original burnt down in 1793 and was replaced by this stone structure.

Legend has it that one of the millers was killed when he walked out of the mill door and was hit by one of the sails. Another story tells that a tinker who was selling pots and pans went to call on the miller. He tied his donkey to one of the sails. While inside talking to the miller, the wind blew, the sails turned, and the donkey and all the pots and pans were lifted into the air.

By 1875 the mill was no longer in use and it was allowed to fall into decay. The last miller was a man called Youds. In 1894 Mr R. S. Hudson, a soap manufacturer, paid for the mill to be restored.

comments (8)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Oct 2009, 06:12
What a fine machine Les - let us hope it remains there in good condition
Les Auld: The Fiends of the Windmill won;t let it deteriorate any more Chris, thanks for the comment.
Love the stories Les...the picture is good too!
Les Auld: I liked them Bill, thanks for the comment.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 20 Oct 2009, 08:33
What a great history Les, still seems to be in a good state of preservation
Les Auld: A touch of restoration not so long ago Zed, thanks for the comment.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Oct 2009, 10:26
Love the story about the donkey! Looks like the kind of day when the sails would be whizzing around.
Ingrid
Les Auld: There was a touch of wind about Ingrid but the sails were chained down. Thanks for the comment.
What a wonderful find Les. Ha..poor donkey
Les Auld: It is a great story Ron, thanks for the comment.
Poor miller and the donkey, glad to see the windmill is still standing.
Les Auld: It was restored a bit not so long ago, thanks for the comment Linda.
it looks like a perfect life...enchanting!!!
Les Auld: I doubt it was though, thanks for the comment.
An attractive old mill Les with a very interesting history.
Les Auld: Can't beat a bit of history Brian, thanks for the comment.

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