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The cap and its contents are very heavy. Altogether it weighs approximately twelve tons i.e. the same as eight family cars. It comprises of four huge sails, with an enormous head frame made from air-dried French oak. The head frame supports the weight of the sails, the machinery and the fantail, so has to be very strong to withstand the pressures exerted upon it.

The fantail is installed on the wooden head frame section that extends out beyond the brick tower. Whilst from from a distance it looks rather insignificant but a person can easily stand underneath the fantails.


THE BRAKE WHEEL having a 2.75 metre diameter, is driven around by the sails and powers all the moving parts of the windmill. It is made of cast iron with teeth made from fruit wood.






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