Compass Spoke Wheel

From High Salvington Mill Trust

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Compass Spoke Tail Wheel

The compass spoke wheel intended to drive the tail pair of mill stones is mostly original and very rare. The timber of the wheel has been soaked under pressure with insecticides to kill the wood boring insects and resins and preservatives to replace material destroyed by them. A small section of the rim has been replaced and all the teeth have been replaced with new apple wood teeth. We do not know how strong the remaining original timber is and due to its rarity we do not wish to damage or destroy it. For this reason, we never engage the stone nut for the tail pair of Paris burr stones when the wind is driving the sails. Also driven by the tail wheel would be the reconstructed flour grader in a rear corner of the stone floor, but again, we do not engage this when the wind is driving the sails.