IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

Man-Made / ID: M027

Heritage Park - Olsztynek - North Poland

 

The windmill type of post mill is the oldest windmill in heritage park in Olsztynek located in north Poland. The windmill was built in small village of Wodziany in 1773.

 

This is the oldest and most primitive type of European windmill. It consist of a large central post that the mill is built around. The post is braced at it’s base and the whole mill structure rotates around the base. This type of mills where easy to move around so that it’s propellers, also called wings could adopt the appropriate position relative to the wind.

Instead of a wooden base, especially since the nineteenth century, also it used a more robust structures built of brick or stone, and later concrete. To rotate the windmill served wooden pole length of 8-9 metres.

 

The whole windmill was built of wood and had three floors - the bottom was occupied by base stabilizing the structure, two higher were used for production of flour (middle floor contained millstones).