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W  is for Windmill


Etching and Aquatint

200 x 295 mm

26 copies

Hahnemuhle etching 140Lbs Not


Ever since I first arrived in Scarborouogh I've been aware of the Windmill in Mill Street. Such and unusual thing to see in a town setting, common place in Holand.   Upon learning of its history I was fascinated by it. It worked as a windmill grinding corn until the early 1920's, The sails were damaged in a storm and eventually removed, now operates as a B & B  

Price unframed £185.00

Alternative Title:

'We should have booked'

The 18th century, Grade 11, listed Windmill in Mill Street is noticeable from most parts of Scarborough. On the balcony a 360 degree view offers a panoramic over the town, from Olivers Mount to the Castle and North Bay. It is the only surviving windmill in Scarborough.

The site has had a windmill in situ for over 400 years. The present structure dates from 1794 when Thomas Robinson was given permission to build a new windmill. The sails suffered irreparable damage in 1898 during a storm, the grinding of wheat and corn being done with a gas turbine engine. The mill stopped grinding corn in 1927 and thence fell into disrepair. The mill was used for a variety of small businesses including a bakery, for storage of seed and newspaper distribution. A plan was proposed to demolish the building in 1985 and the site used to build a block of flats. Saved by the present owners in 1977 who have restored the dome, sails and many other extensive renovations.

It now operates as a bed and breakfast accommodation.

This limited edition book will only be printed and bound in 26 copies. In addition each image will be available as a limited edition print of 26 copies. 4 wood engravings, 24 etchings, 2 engravings, 1 large lino print.

The book when bound will be approximately 41 x 27.5 cms in size. Each page is hand printed onto an A2 sized piece of paper which is then folded in half. 1st page has the Title of the page; 'A is for Art Gallery', page 2 is printed with the text about the subject, Page 3 is the image and Page 4 is blank, leading to the next set of pages.

Smith Settle of Yeadon, Nr Leeds, expert bookbinders have been commissioned to bind the completed book. 1/4 leather spine with gold blocking, coloured headbands, indented title to front cover. Specially designed end papers to compliment the book. The whole housed in a matching solander box.