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Windmill Tower on Predannack Downs, 1950

NumberHESFM:1977.945
PlacePredannack Cornwall United Kingdom
Date1950. about
KeywordsPredannack War and Conflict World War Two
PhotographerUnknown
CopyrightImage Courtesy of Helston Museum

The ruined windmill tower at Windmill Farm on Predannack Downs. The structure is thought to have been built around 1600 and is one of only five surviving windmill towers in Cornwall. The circular stone tower is 30 feet high with walls 3 feet thick and made of serpentine and elvan. It forms part of the ancient manor of Trethervas and stands two miles north of The Lizard on Predannack Downs. Abandoned by 1696, it was later used by a gang of robbers, who terrorised The Lizard peninsula, as a base for their activities during the 1820s and 1830s. It was used as a Home Guard observation post in World War II and formed part of the defences for Predannack Airfield. The photograph was taken around 1950 and the pointed roof is intact but damaged. The windmill is a scheduled monument and by 1969, the roof had been removed. The structure suffered damage during storms in 1969 and another pointed roof was added in 1971 to provide protection from the weather. See also HESFM:1994.6409.