The Last Food of England
Mrs. Moon, aged nearly ninety, helps out at Whissendine Mill. Her son, Nigel, known as 'Old Windmill' since a boy of six, is the owner. He plans to dispense with electricity and get the sails going. England's first of several hundred windmills and pumps was constructed in the twelfth century. Many, robbed of the wind by the rise of neighbouring buildings, fell into disuse. Less than thirty remain in operation, but more are due to be recommissioned. A small number of watermills, back in working order, supply electricity to the national grid.

Midlands December 2005