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April 18th, 2010
Beauvoir-sur-Niort 790031 79360
Deux-S鑦res Poitou-Charentes
46.18 -0.473 66 m

A windmill in Poitou, Beauvoir-sur-Niort

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Other view.

The windmill of Rimbault or Raimbault, with the edge of the Forest of Chiz, is a windmill tower of the 17th century built in 1682, raised at the beginning of the 20th century. It was restored from 1976 to 1981.

_The windmills convert the kinetic energy of the wind into mechanical energy. It were used to actuate grinding stones, pumps, saws, etc...
The wings of the mill are supported by a tower, whose roof carrying the axis of the mill is directional in the case of the mill-turn. If the whole tower is directional, one speaks then about mill on pivot or with candlestick. A typical mill of Anjou, compromised between the precedents, is called moulin cavier, cavier windmill.
The orientation of the mill is done by pushing the tiller or tail of the mill.
The wings are generally in wood some and covered with canvas. The rotational movement of the horizontal axis of the mill is transmitted to a vertical axis by a whole of gears, the wheel, often manufactured out of wood of various species chosen for their resistance.

Action, The mechanism of Saint-Pierre-de-la-Fage windmill.

The windmill appeared in the East, Egypt and Iran. First mention of windmill in France, date of 1170, in a charter of the town of Arles. The Netherlands are probably the country which counted the greatest number of windmills.
The windmills were used incidentally as semaphores. Ansi, during the wars of the Vend閑, the wings of the windmills of Mont des Alouettes indicated to Vendean the positions and movements of the republican troops.

BEAUVOIR-SUR-NIORT is a French commune, located in the department of Deux-S鑦res of the Poitou-Charentes area, populated of 1634 Belvoisiens in 2005, distributed out of 23.5 km, that is to say 69.6 hab/km.

My images of Beauvoir-sur-Niort.

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