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WARTON POST MILL

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  OLD PEG
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The former site of Warton Post Mill, the last remaining buried post mill in Britain before it was dismantled and removed in 2000 for safety reasons. Known locally as Old Peg, Warton Mill is thought to have been built in Lincolnshire in circa 1695 before being moved to Rufford, Lancashire, in the early-mid 18th century and subsequently to Warton in 1771. The mill was last wind worked around 1895 and then deteriorated with the ruined mill left standing in the middle a scrap yard. The substructure was excavated by the Chorley Archaeological Society in June 1999 and the buried crosstrees and the lower ends of the main post and quarterbars were all found to be rotten. Three of the quaterbars were destroyed by vandals in September 1999 and the mill was consequently dismantled and stored in the nearby BAE Systems factory

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