The Three Windmills of Redcar

I have previously posted about both Redcar and Coatham Windmill, generally regarded to have had six and four sails respectively.

This photo of Redcar mill is the only one that seems to be in general circulation, sadly no sails were present at this time.
Recently Ian Weber has suggested to me that the photo widely regarded to be Coatham Windmill could also be Redcar.
His suggestion is that a similar wall with buttresses at the bottom of the photo seems to still exist today ?

Whilst it does look very similar, the argument against this is the two white brick chimneys visible in the background of that same photo (a block of 8 and block of 4) which match those still to be seen on Station Road today.wb

Let us now turn out attention to a series of old etchings which show the windmills. If we’re looking west at the back of St Peters then the six sail mill is in Redcar to the right and the four sail mill, although appearing close is actually in the distance in Coatham.

Early Redcar

This 1836 view east at the tower end of St Peters, shows the six sail mill near to the church as expected.Etching of 1836
A similar view looking south-east from the seafront, again shows the six sail mill very clearly.
South East View CD

But finally just to throw a seed of doubt, this 1840 etching appears to show two mills with six sails !Redcar 1840s

So what of the third windmill ?
It stood near Marsh House Farm at Warrenby and was destroyed by fire in 1815.

3 thoughts on “The Three Windmills of Redcar

  1. As a child I remember the Windmill Cafe in station road towards the station, I understand that the gear wheels were found later when a building was being altered at that same sight which might indicate there was a windmill in this area of Redcar. Does any one else know about this. I was born in Westbourne Grove, a very gentille road in those days with The Poplars gates across the top of the road, and sycamore trees all down both sides. The occupiers mostly spinsters who had lost their other halves in the first geat war. I have been back and am sorry to see it being a lot of houses of multiple occupancy. York House was on the end a large sandstone building with a garden, York cottage attached, they shared a cobble back area which had obviously been stables for horses.

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