Skidby Mill
Near Cottingham, East Yorkshire

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Skidby Windmill
End of term for The Evil Genius at Hull University was an ideal excuse to finally visit Skidby Windmill. We've drove past signs for the mill many times en-route to the campus & The Evil Genius enjoys regular weekend walks to it. So on 'Jubilee Tuesday' we walked past the famous 'underground reservoir' and 'bunny paradise' to the mill.

Skidby Mill was built in the early 1800 and was used as a flour mill then an animal feed mill until the early 20th Century. Its a four-sailed tower windmill and still has its original out building attached. Nowadays these are used to house the Museum of East Riding Rural Life as the mill is owned by the local council.
Apparently they still make flour in the mill Wednesday to Sunday but we visited on a Tuesday so no mill action was happening. The admission fee was very reasonable and we thought the museum overall was very good.
There were displays of farming equipment which were easy to understand, there were some interactive milling displays and also a reconstructed workshop on the next floor up. I think we were able to visit 3 floors, the higher floors where the milling machinery is housed is only open when the miller is present on a flour making day.
There was an old blacksmiths workshop outside in the courtyard and also a lovely old cart in one of the barns.
We enjoyed a lovely cup of coffee from the courtyard cafe and sat outside for  an impressive view of the mill.
The windmill is set in quite a small site behind a pub and next to some private houses so other than the displays inside the actual mill there's nothing else to see here but we filled in a good hour or so before heading back to pack up & bring The Evil Genius home for the summer.
It's interesting to read about the connection between Skidby Mill and Thompson & Sons of Alford Mill in Lincolnshire.
We also visited Alford Mill earlier this year and we all enjoyed it very much.

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Alford Windmill
Alford Windmill in Lincolnshire, was built in 1837. It's over 30metres tall, has 5 sails, 6 floors and is a fully functioning flour mill ( I bought a bag to bake some special cupcakes! ).
We climbed up steep wooden 'ladders' right to the top of the windmill, each room smaller than the last, so it may not be suitable for the feint of heart!
On your visit do have a delicious cake from the tearoom and on a sunny day its nice to sit out in the garden & enjoy your coffee while the windmill creaks & turns in front of you...aaahhh lovely!
Its an absolutely beautiful windmill and I'd like to thank the man who let us go into the mill on a day I've since discovered it wasn't suppose to be open to the public. Thank you kind sir, very much appreciated!

 


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