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Knock Windmill, Lanesborough, County Longford
View from the northeast.
Reg. No.13310006
Date1740 - 1760
Previous NameN/A
CountyCounty Longford
Coordinates201130, 268673
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL TECHNICAL
Original Usemill (wind)
Remains of windmill on circular-plan, built c. 1750. Constructed with rubble limestone with remains of lime render over. Remains of two doorways, one to the south face and one to the north face. Three narrow loop-like openings to each face. Opening/niche/possible fireplace to the interior at first floor/second stage level having stone lintel over. Located on top of a small rise to the southeast of Lanesborough.


This conspicuous ruined former windmill (corn) stands proudly on an elevated site to the southeast of Lanesborough. It is one of a number of windmills along the east/northeast shores of Lough Ree and environs (there is another windmill at Elfeet (13402109) to the south). It was extant and in use by 1764. Although out of use for a considerable period of time (marked as 'in ruins' in 1912), it remains a local landmark, adding historical interest to the local landscape. It is an interesting addition to the industrial heritage of County Longford and acts as an historical reminder of the great boom experienced in the Irish milling industry during the mid-to-late eighteenth century.
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