This mill stands on a rocky outcrop on the shore of Llyn Frogwy, near Bodffordd. At the bottom of the outcrop stands a watermill that was driven by water from the lake. A watermill has stood at this site since at least 1352 when the Extent of Anglesey mentions that Llywelyn ap Dafydd Fychan owned Melin Bodffordd. The windmill probably dates to the early 19th century.
In 1735 the miller of Frogwy, John Davis, was convicted of killing his maid. He was given the relatively light punishment for the time of being burned on the hand with hot irons. Tragic death also came to the mill in 1909 when the miller Hugh Hughes was killed when his clothing got trapped in a moving cable that ran from the waterwheel to farming machinery some distance away.
The windmill had fallen into disuse by the 1890s when the owner William Roberts converted it into a dwelling. The watermill was closed in 1948 and it too has now been converted into a dwelling. In the time before closure the supply of grain from local sources was not enough to fully employ the mill so grain was imported, some from as far away as Romania.
The photo to the left, taken in 2009, shows the superb views across Anglesey to the Snowdonia mountains. It also shows the mill under scaffolding while being renovated. Both it and the watermill below it can be rented as holiday accommodation. For more information see the owner's web page.
See other images of this windmill at:
- Windmill World
- Amlwch History
- Old UK Photos
- Images taken of the front in 1936 and, in 1939, of the wind mill rear and the water mill, from the Donald W. Muggeridge Collection of Mill Photographs, University of Kent, Canterbury
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