Melin Cefn Coch
This truncated mill tower stands alongside the main A5025 on the northwest corner of Anglesey just beyond Cemaes and the village of Tregele. Its dates of origin and closure are not known, but it was built sometime before 1794 when the miller was known to be John Prichard. The mill is mentioned in a court case in 1832 when two branches of the well known Anglesey landowning family, the Meyricks, were in dispute over the ownership to the part of the Cefn Coch estate surrounding the windmill. The mill is mentioned on page 181 of this PDF file. The closure was probably before 1901, when it is mentioned in estate sales documents as "Old Windmill".
This area was a hive of mill activity in the 19th century, with a number of watermills strung along the nearby Afon Cafnan. Most of these were involved in woollen production, with the waterwheels driving the machinery doing the spinning, weaving and dying as well as washing the final cloth. Each step took place at different mills spread along 1/2 mile of the stream. After washing the wool was hung to dry in a windmill-like tower, which can be seen in this picture, taken in 1936, from the Muggeridge collection.
The stream also supported two water-driven corn mills, including Melin Cafnan, which stands at the mouth of the Afon Cafnan on the north coast. It can be seen from the Anglesey Coastal Path and is now owned by the National Trust, although it is not open to the public. It now stands in the shadow of Wylfa nuclear power station - old power source contrasting with new.
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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