Quainton Windmill as seen from Village



Quainton Windmill

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Quainton Windmill
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Buckinghamshire's tallest working windmill
Mill name Quainton Windmill
Coordinates 51.87558°N 0.916377°WCoordinates: 51.87558°N 0.916377°W
Operator(s) Quainton Windmill Society
Year built 1830-1832
Purpose Corn mill
Type tower mill
Storeys Six storeys
Number of sails Four sails
Type of sails Patent sails
Windshaft Metal
Winding Hand winded via chain and wheel
Number of pairs of millstones One

Quainton Windmill (aka Banner Mill) is a historic windmill in the village of Quainton, Buckinghamshire, England.[1]

The 70 ft (20m) six-storey brick tower mill, built 1830–32, is one of the most visible buildings in the village.[2][3] It was derelict for most of the 20th century it has now been restored and can grind wheat into flour. The windmill was built by James Anstiss and it is still owned by the Anstiss family. It is the tallest windmill in Buckinghamshire.[4]

The mill had a steam engine installed early in its working life.[3] Until 1881, it was wind-driven, but milling came to an end in 1900. The building remained unused as a mill, without a cap or sails, until 1974, when the owner formed the Quainton Windmill Society,[5] with the aim of restoring the windmill. The Society spent 23 years undertaking restoration work. In 1997, milling was re-established.