Harbury Windmill, Mill Lane, Harbury -£725,000
Kleinmann Properties, 01926 612463
Harbury Windmill is a unique character property set in a quiet picturesque lane in the very heart of this very vibrant village.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a five bedroom property of fine distinction.
Harbury Windmill is a Grade II listed building erected in the first decade of the 19th century. It is a tower type mill and is visible from many positions.
It is constructed of brick and stone, which is thought to have originated from Chesterton Manor when it was demolished in 1802.
The walls of the two lower floors are of stone (probably limestone) and the upper floors are of dark red brick, giving a total of six floors.
There is considerable batter on the walls. The height of the tower is 60 feet and the cap is another ten feet, making it the tallest in Warwickshire.
It formerly had a cap in the shape of an upturned boat; this has been altered in recent years to a pitched roof type.
It was originally fitted with four common sails about 30 feet long. These were reached from a furling gallery, which encircled the tower. The sails ceased operating the mill before the First World War and were removed in the early 1920s, but the stocks were not removed until 1934.
From 1912 different forms of engines powered the mill, the first one being a steam engine, followed by an oil engine and from the early 30s by electricity.
At different periods the mill has housed two and sometimes three pairs of stones, these being of millstone grit or the French burrs.
There have been about eight different millers over a period of 150 years. Milling ceased in 1952 and after some years it was used as an engineering workshop. In 1982 a rather larger looking pitched roof type replaced the boat shaped cap. In 1988 the lower floors became part of a home.