Melin y Borth
This mill, overlooking the harbour of Amlwch Port, is unusual on Anglesey by being constructed mainly of brick, possibly due to the presence nearby of a brickworks. It is also the tallest, being over 60 feet tall with seven floors.
The mill was built in 1816 by a prominent local family, the Paynters. The family originally came from Cornwall and moved to Amlwch in the second half of the 18th century. John Paynter was a corn merchant at the time, and after his death in 1843 his house (Maesllwyn) and business interests passed to his nephew John Wynne Paynter.
The actual running of the mill was done by the Jones family, with William Jones listed as the miller in various directories between 1850 and 1895. Tragically, his son, also called William, was killed by a lightning strike in 1867.
The mill was not only tall but also spacious inside, with a diameter of 30 feet. This provided plenty of room for storage as well as four pairs of millstones. When first built it was boasted that 70 bushels of corn could be ground in an hour.
The mill closed sometime in the early 20th century and was an empty shell by 1929. The numerous buildings surrounding the mill during its working life also disappeared during this time. The land on which it stands is now owned by the Anglesey County Council, which has taken steps to halt its decline.
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
- Amlwch History
- ePhotozine, also here
- Webshots Outdoors
- Vintage Anglesey Prints
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