This is a prominent landmark in the Anglesey county town of Llangefni. It stands on a rocky crag above the town and can be seen from miles around. This location gives it excellent exposure to the wind, but would have been problematic for the farmers who needed to bring their grain up the steep paths.
It was built sometime between 1828 and 1833, In 1828 Pigot's commercial directory only lists a watermill in Llangefni whereas the next edition in 1833 mentions the Craig Mill. The mill was run by a succession of millers until it closed in 1893. The last miller, William Jones, was also the last miller of two other Anglesey mills, thus earning himself the nickname Angau Melinau (Angau being the personification of death in early Welsh legends, and melinau meaning "mills").
As with most mills, the sails and machinery were eventually removed and only the empty shell was left by the 1930s, as shown by the Muggeridge photos below. Towards the end of the 20th century it had become something of a trouble spot for the youth of the housing estates that had grown up around it. In the mid-1990s it was restored, the distinctive cap was placed on it, and it was used to house mobile phone transmitter equipment with a mast on the top. (Note that some other pages on the web say this was restored in the early 2000s, but I distinctly remember this being done shortly after I moved to Anglesey in 1992, and well before I got my first mobile in 1999!)
See other images of this windmill at:
- Windmill World
- Amlwch History
- Images taken in 1936, front and side, and 1939, from the Donald W. Muggeridge Collection of Mill Photographs, University of Kent, Canterbury
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