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Newsletter 114, Autumn 2016   © Hampshire Mills Group

 

 

Is it a millstone ?

 

Ruth Andrews

 

 

 

Keith and I saw this apparent millstone on our recent trip to Ireland at a place called Ballydehob (yes, really!) in County Cork.  There are several strange things about it:  most strikingly the bolt-encrusted iron backing, with a huge oval shaped ‘repair’ and weird protruding points round the perimeter.  (They didn’t appear to be bolts.)  The ‘stone’ could be coarse gritstone, or concrete, and it has absolutely no signs of wear or dressing.  The latter may not be strange – in Ireland oats are fed through ‘shelling’ stones to separate their husks, and they do not have dressing;  we saw several such sets.

On the other hand it does appear to have rough insets for a rhynd.  One final puzzle is that the metal backing plate protrudes beyond what would be the milling surface.

 

 

 

Has anyone seen anything like it elsewhere?  And does anyone have any suggestions as to what it might be?  Please email me if you can help;  this really is something that I’ve never encountered before.

 

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