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Pentre Mill, Loggerheads Country Park, Sir Ddinbych, near Mold, UK, 2 April, 2005

The watermill ground grain for over 200 years (probably not the same batch...): wheat to flour until the 1920s, corn until the 1940s, and oats/barley for animal feed until 1942. It also sawed wood from the 1870s to 1920s. In the early twentieth century, a dynamo was added, generating electricity for the mill, inn & cottages until at least 1946. Once mains electricity arrived, the mill became redundant.

It was restored in the 1980s as a tourist attraction, though that doesn't entirely explain the Giant Panda sitting in the upper window. Spotting that was a genuine double-take moment.

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