1986 Portland Windmills

 The ruins of two corn-grinding        
 windmills exist within sight of each  
 other.  Although of ancient origin it 
 is difficult to date them.  They are  
 not mentioned in the original Domesday
 book but are marked on a map dated    
 1626.  The Portland tradition of      
 agriculture gave small areas          
 individual names.  The two windmills  
 are close to each other but the       
 northern one is at Cottonfields and   
 the southern one at Top Growlands.    
 Without sail or roof only the         
 cylindrical Portland stone shells     
 remain standing on waste ground.      
 Liz Bartlett                          

Map of the area

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In 2011 the BBC published the survey online and for six months invited updates to the photographs and text to celebrate the 25th anniversary.

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