Melin Adda (Pentrefelin)
This windmill stands at the outskirts of Amlwch, next to the leisure centre. It is currently used as a dwelling, having been first restored for living use in the mid-1970s (see photo below). It has since been renovated, with a new roof and balcony added along with a set of crossed timbers to emulate the original windmill sails.
It probably dates from the 1790s and was built near the site of two other much earlier water powered mills. One of these water mills, also called Melin Adda, dated back to at least 1352 when it was mentioned in the Extent of Anglesey. By the mid 1800s both this mill and the water mills were owned by Lewis and Owens, according to Pigot's and Slater's directories. At the time the mill was run by Owen Hughes, but he met an unfortunate end in May 1851 when he was hit on the head by the windmill's sails. His son Hugh took over the running of the mill until his death in 1865. His place was taken over by John Williams until sometime after 1889.
The mill was closed in 1912 and by 1929 was just an empty shell, according to An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in Anglesey.
See other images of this windmill at:
- Windmill World
- Amlwch History
- Image taken in 1936, from the Donald W. Muggeridge Collection of Mill Photographs, University of Kent, Canterbury
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