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  • Windpump

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    A multi-bladed windpump on a farm in Iowa A windpump is a type of windmill which is used for pumping water. De Olifant at Burdaard, Friesland Windpumps were used to pump water since at least the 9th century in what is now Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. The use of wind pumps became widespread across the Muslim world and later spread to China and India. Windmills were later used extensively in Europe, particularly in the Netherlands and the East Anglia area of Great Britain, from the late Middle Ages onwards, to drain land for agricultural or building purposes. Simon Stevin's work in the waterstaet involved improvements to the sluices and spillways to control flooding. Windmills were already in use to pump the water out, but in Van de Molens (On mills), he suggested improvements, including the idea that the wheels should move slowly, and a better system for meshing of the gear teeth. These improvements increased the efficiency of the windmills used to pump water out of the polders by three times. He received a patent on his innovation in 1586. Eight- to ten-bladed windmills were used in the Region of Murcia, Spain, to raise water for irrigation purposes.

  • Terling Windmill

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    Terling Windmill is a grade II listed Smock mill at Terling, Essex, England, which has been converted to residential use.

  • Hawridge Windmill

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    Hawridge Windmill which is also known as Cholesbury Windmill is a disused tower mill in Hawridge, Buckinghamshire. The mill was constructed on the site of an earlier smock mill and became a private residence in 1913 when the first occupier, the writer Gilbert Cannan used it as a studio.

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