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Skerries Mills - 5 Sail is a creation by the artist George Sheils. Category Industrial, technology, Factory, Photography, Pinhole. This is the 5-sail or great windmill in Skerries, Co Dublin. There was a bakery on the site up until…

Skerries Mills - 5 Sail

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This is the 5-sail or great windmill in Skerries, Co Dublin.

There was a bakery on the site up until the 1980's when it closed. Many people from the locality were employed in the bakery over the last couple of centuries, among them some relatives of mine - the most recent being my uncle Sammy.

Sammy used to deliver the hot baked bread to local shops and houses on a horsedrawn breadcart. I remember it was quite a sight and when I was a small boy he used to toss batch loaves down to me (you know the ones with the 'dimples') as he drove his horse and van by. I will always remember how the warm bread used to smell so delicious. By the time I got as far as the kitchen some pieces of the side of the bread would inevitably have been torn off so great was the temptation!

Well the Bakery was eventually sold and later underwent restoration along with the mills and now is a visitor centre with cafe, exhibition space and of course the mills are fully working. At harvest time the field beside the complex has a crop of oats which is cut with a steam threashing machine for the educational benefit of younger generations.

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Equipment 75mm Zone Plate on a Hasselblad 503CW loaded with Fuji 400 film
Technical Zone Plate image on black & white film, lightly toned
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Uploaded 29 April 2010 at 11:09pm
Created 13 December 2009 at 12:00am
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