Melin Drylliau (Crugmor Fawr)
Melin Drylliau, near Rhyd-Wen, overlooks Church Bay/Porth Swtan on the west coast of Anglesey. As a result of its proximity to the coast it not only provided power for milling grain, it also acted as a landmark for sailors. It was marked on sea charts of 1840 and 1881. On the later chart it is called Rhyddlad Mill.
The exact date of its origin is not know but it was probably in the early 1800s. Another windmill also stood nearby but it has long since been demolished. The mill was run by John Rowlands and his son Rowland William Rowlands until its destruction by fire in 1914. Several years earlier Rowland's son was killed at the mill when he was hit by the rotating sail.
The mill has been an empty roofless shell ever since but still appears to be in good structural shape.
See other images of this windmill at:
- Windmill World
- Image taken in 1936, from the Donald W. Muggeridge Collection of Mill Photographs, University of Kent, Canterbury
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