Little is left of this mill. There is just a semi-circle of precariously balanced stones alongside a ruined building, near the Tre-Iorwerth estate.
Until recently it was not known when this mill was built or abandoned. However, in 2015 a reader of this site contacted me regarding a number of 19th century documents about the Manaw farm that had passed down through the family from her great-great-great grandfather Edward Jones, who owned an interest in the farm. One document, an underlease dated 1830, states that Manaw windmill was built two years earlier by John Hughes, Hugh Hughes and William Hughes, who were millwrights from the Cefn Coch mill, on land farmed by John Hughes.
In the 1840 tithe apportionment records, the mill and surrounding land was owned by John Griffith and occupied by Richard Williams, who ran it until 1851. In that year the mill is mentioned in Edward Jones' will, where he bequeaths it to his grandson William Jones. He appears in the 1861 census as the miller, but he later went on to run Mona Mill and Melin Adda in Amlwch.
The mill isn't mentioned in the censuses after 1861, nor is anyone in the immediate area listed as a miller, so it may have been abandoned in the 1860s. In 1919, when the surrounding farm came up for sale, the mill is not mentioned as all, indicating that by this time it was disused and of little interest to a buyer. The 1936 photo from the Muggeridge collection (where it is named "Tre-Lowerth", a misspelling of Tre-Iorwerth) shows it as capless but with the tower still intact.
See other images of this windmill at:
- Image taken in 1936, from the Donald W. Muggeridge Collection of Mill Photographs, University of Kent, Canterbury
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