Gentle Giants, a blog by Mary Tebje for National Mills Weekend
Landscape plays a huge role in determining the form and function of buildings, not least windmills and watermills.
Having just spent the weekend in a 18th century watermill, it’s timely that National Mills Weekend is upon us. They are such evocative spaces with their exposed beams, tight corners, graffiti and scruff marks from their past lives and those who worked in them.
Once key to our food supply, almost every town and village had a mill. Part industrial site, dwelling and community hub, these amazing structures are a celebration of a former life and skills lost.
By coincidence, I have just spent the weekend in a beautiful 18th century watermill in the Yorkshire Dales, on a site chosen for the powerful River Ure that flows nearby.
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