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Windmill adapted as machine-gun post

A Grade II Listed Building in Angle, Pembrokeshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6757 / 51°40'32"N

Longitude: -5.0867 / 5°5'12"W

OS Eastings: 186682

OS Northings: 201944

OS Grid: SM866019

Mapcode National: GBR G5.0J5Y

Mapcode Global: VH1S3.S47S

Entry Name: Windmill adapted as machine-gun post

Listing Date: 14 May 1970

Last Amended: 26 January 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 5926

Building Class: Industrial

Location: In field E of B4320 road after turning N to approach the village.

County: Pembrokeshire

Community: Angle

Community: Angle

Locality: Hubberton

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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History

A windmill is recorded here c.1600, but this structure may be C18. Probably derelict by 1842. In about 1941, with the establishment of Angle Airfield following air raids on Milford Haven, a battle HQ bunker was built about 40 m E of the windmill. The windmill was adapted to serve as a machine-gun post, probably because it had sufficient height for clear view over the nearby hutments.

Exterior

Windmill: cylindrical base surviving to a height of about 5 m. Local stonework in irregular courses. Ground level entrance at E. Upper level original apertures at N and S, both now blocked with masonry. The latter openings have lintels with relieving arches above.
Wartime adaptations: The interior reinforced all round with brickwork. Step-irons for access through a manhole to the upper level. The upper floor consists of concrete laid on corrugated iron sheeting over re-used railway rails. Bricks around manhole. Four apertures with concrete lintels and with steel frames and shutters of which only traces remain, with wide external splays in wood and brick, to give 360o visibility. No roof.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as survival of an C18 windmill with additional significance in relation to wartime bunker and airfield.

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