May 10th 2023 - Windmills & Wells Geoff Bailey
Windmills were never as common as water mills in the Falkirk district but there are still three surviving towers – at Bridgeness, Myrehead and Dunmore. They were mostly used for pumping water and their history will be explored. Hand pumps were used for the public wells and these were latterly replaced by self-acting valves that relied upon gravitational pressure. Water is vital to public health and the public wells were meeting places where news was exchanged and relationships formed. Some had religious connotations with miraculous powers to heal or kill!
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