Monday, 17 August 2009

Horsey Windpump

A windpump looks like a windmill, but instead of grinding grain it pumps water. This fine example was built on the site of a previous pump at the turn of the last century and was fully operational until struck by lightning in the 1940s.

It is quite a climb to the top but inside are the original workings of the pump and there is a fantastic view once you reach the viewing platform.

View of the windmill from along the path.

The sails at the top - apparently they used to be re-painted with lead paint until it made them too heavy to turn!

More at the top.

Part of the gears.

It's a long way up!

View from the window.

It's a long way down too!

Gears at the bottom.

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