Lady takes the reins during a Victorian day out

Denmead, 1890

Denmead, 1890

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A family outing in a four-wheeler at Denmead in 1890 with the lady of the household taking the reins.

Behind them is Denmead windmill, which was said to have been built in 1819 and worked as a windmill proper until about 1900 when the sails were removed. It stood in an emasculated condition until 1922 when it was demolished.

For many years there was a colourful smear on the brickwork caused when a paint pot was spilled while the woodwork was being painted.

From this point the towers of three other windmills could be seen – two at Hambledon and one which still stands, 650ft above sea level on Chalton Hill.

This last mill was built early in the 19th century but it is said that a series of mills have stood there since 1289. Chalton Mill was derelict until 1978 when it was converted into living accommodation with a new cap and sails.

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