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The Post Mill – Le moulin cavier

I have already photographed the Saint-Jacques Windmill from the bike path but had never seen it from the highway. It is an Angevin-type cavier or post mill, highly recognisable due to its circular stone building surmounted by a wooden cone supporting a windshaft or hucherolle to which the sails are attached. Movement is transmitted through the cone to millstones placed at the base. One of the first to be built in Loire-et-Cher in the early 19th century, it was abandoned a century later. It re-opened its doors in 1994, after being restored.
J’ai déjà photographié le moulin Saint-Jacques depuis la piste cyclable mais je ne l’avais jamais vu depuis la route nationale. C’est un moulin cavier de type angevin, reconnaissable grâce à une construction de maçonnerie surmontée par un cône supportant une cabine en bois (“la hucherolle”) portant des ailes. Le mouvement se transmet à travers le cône aux meules placées à sa base. Construit au début du XIXe s., insolite en Loir-et-Cher, et abandonné un siècle plus tard, le moulin a repris son activité depuis 1994, après sa restauration.

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