Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Where on earth is this?

Melin Llynon still with full sails, a grand sight!

If you have time on your hands then Anglesey is a great place to get lost. These place names take some mastering and relating the names on the signs to those on the map takes some doing, especially when one has been turned to face the wrong way! Luckily, I am headed for The Melin Llynnon.

Thank goodness for the extra sign. And what a find it was.

Here is a quotation from the informative sign outside the mill - “Anglesey the Mother of Wales, is a name given to the island since Mediaeval times, given its warm moist climate suitable for the growing of crops such as wheat and barley.
From the late 18th Century until the first half of the 19th Century, Anglesey had about 50 working windmills and nearly as many watermills. The derelict towers of many of these windmills can be seen today dotted across the countryside.
Llynnon Mill is the only one to be restored to its original working condition and now produces flour once again. The mill was built in 1775 at a cost of just over £550 and worked until 1918 when it suffered severe damage in a terrible storm. It lay ruined for over 50 years until it was carefully restored and reopened as a working windmill and museum site in 1984.”

All the machinery is in tip top condition and regular millings are done and the guides really know their stuff.

From three floors up you can peer out of the windows past the sails and beyond to newer windmills, the wind turbines now arriving on Anglesey in large numbers.

There are a lot like this-converted to homes.

Is this the best cafe in North Wales? Writing this blog has taken me to lots of brilliant cafes, good places to have a great cup of tea and some cake and learn some interesting stories. This cafe in the outbuildings of Melin Llynon must be a contender-the best flapjack so far.

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