This fine example of an English tower mill was built in 1819 for the brothers Thomas & Isaac Reckitt by the Hull millwrights Norman & Smithson. The Reckitts carried on their business as millers, corn factors and bakers and in the 1820s a bakehouse was added and a steam engine was installed to supply power to a bone mill. The business failed in 1833 after a succession of poor harvests and the mill was sold. The Ostler family took over the mill in 1914 and ran the business until 1948 when mechanical problems made the windmill unusable. Trade carried on for some years using electrically driven equipment but was gradually wound down and the mill was sold in the late 50s. The survival of the mill owes much to the great-grandson of Isaac, Basil Reckitt, because in 1953 he was made aware of the mill's plight and arranged for two Reckitt Family Charitable Trusts to finance repairs. By the time the present owners, the Waterfield family, had arrived on the scene in 1987 the mill had deteriorated considerably but the aim was to put the Maud Foster Mill back into working order and use it. Extensive repairs were undertaken and three new sails were made. The work was completed in July 1988. In 1998 two new sails were fitted to replace the oldest dating from the 1970s but windmills are rather like the Forth Bridge.....!!!
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Photo taken in Boston, Lincolnshire, UK
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