Windmills will take centre stage at Fenland history talk

Wind power played a huge role in the early development of the Fens.

Wind power played a huge role in the early development of the Fens. - Credit: Archant

Visitors to the next Fenland History on Friday meeting will be treated to a talk on the history of windmills in East Cambridgeshire.

Windmills have long been an essential part of the Fenland landscape; today they generate electricity, previously they drained the fields - but their most important role was grinding the corn that fed the country

Many of these ancient structures have disappeared completely, others stand as forgotten ruins; some survive with sails intact as houses. Just a few still work.

On Friday (January 30) historian Peter Filby will be sharing his extensive knowledge of the corn mills of the Isle of Ely at the Fenland History on Friday meeting.

The meeting takes place at Ely Methodist Church, in Chapel Street, from 10.30am to noon. Admission is £3 on the door and refreshments will be available.

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Organiser Mike Petter said: “Its not a club or society, just an opportunity to meet others interested in this area of the country and hear an interesting presentation.”

For further details from Mike Petty on 01353 648106.

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