|Ballycopeland Windmill near Millisle Co. Down|
|County Down is one of the best
grain-growing areas in Ireland and windmills have long been a prominent
feature of the landscape. At one time over 100 windmill's were recorded
in the county of Down and although there are several remains left, Only
Ballycopeland Windmills survives. It has been fully restored to its
former fully working condition, as has the Millar's House that forms
part of this unique visitor attraction.
Although uncertain it is estimated that Ballycopeland windmill was built around the 1780s or 90s, appearing on the first Ordnance Survey maps of the area in 1830s.
|The Mill is of the tower type with a mobile cap this is moved by a fantail in order to keep the sales facing the prevailing wind. It has two entrance doors a west door to allow access should the main east door be blocked by the sails.|
|Part of the recent restoration work carried out includes the
Millar's House, (Pictured below). This now features an
audiovisual presentation of the working and History of the Mill along
with a fully reconstructed grain store.
A small cover charge is levied for enterance to the windmill in order to assist with maintenance costs
One of Three Mill Stones
|One of three hopper fed milling stones that was operated at Ballycopeland windmill. The grain was feed to these hoppers from the hopper floor above.|
The Millars' House Ballycopeland
|To view the internal workings of the windmill click the drawing to the right.||
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|The windmill is open to visitors at the
Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 6pm
Sunday 2pm to 6pm
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