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St Andrew's Cross
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Description: photo©2009 Mark Bailey

The mill's sails have now been positioned into the 'St Andrew's Cross' position.  This traditional positioning of sails indicates that the sails are in "a long rest position". The balanced diagonal cross helps to minimise the stresses and warping to the sails during prolonged periods on inactivity.

The design of the sail used on the mill reflects the historical pattern seen on the mill's last 'working' sails - consisting of two different pairs. In 1905, the two sails fixed to the rear stock (stock nearest to the mill's face) had one more sail bar than the pair on the front stock. If you count carefully you'll find that the inner pair have 16 sail bars, whilst the outer have 15.  
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Posted by: Mark Bailey July 04, 2009, 04:12:04 PM

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