Living next to history #WordlessWednesday 18

Craggs Row Windmill, Preston

This structure was built in 1760 and was used as a windmill to grind flour. In the 1880s, the sails were removed and its flour grinding days got over. Thereafter, it was put to a whole range of different uses. It had been an overflow prison, piano workshop, garage, cinema (during the second world war) and a merchant’s storage warehouse. It is not in use now. You can read about it here.

I live next to it. When I first moved in my present home, the structure looked like an exact copy of the one in the Roald Dahl book ‘The Giraffe and the Pelly and me’. The giraffe letting out its face from the highest window and asking which tall window is there to clean.

Each morning, I wake up to this scene of the sunrise.


Linking this post to #WordlessWednesday hosted by Esha M Dutta and Natasha Sinha




  1. Thanks for joining us for #ww this week, Anamika and sharing a slice of history through your picture. I was amazed to read how this structure found so many uses over the years! The image conjures up in mind a story andI could almost visualise the giraffe peering out the topmost window! Strangely, it also reminded me of Manchester still carries traces of a number of old mills around the city that are now boarded-up, as a grim reminder of how the industrial revolution had changed the course of history.


  2. That’s some history and so good to read about it. The color and that structure looks beautiful to me. I would love to click more shots here 🙂
    Happy to see you join!


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