St Monans Windmill
St Monans in the East Neuk of Fife
These are the windmill and salt pans just to the east of the village of St Monans.
The windmill was used to pump seawater into the salt pans and the heat to evaporate the water to leave the salt was provided by the plentiful supplies of coal, locally.
These photos were taken in July 2013 and this one was looking eastwards with Pittenweem just visible in the top left of the photo.
Moving a little closer in, both this photo and the next one show the salt pans in more detail.
Windmill? Maybe calling it a “wind-powered water pump” might be a little more accurate but of course it's not nearly as evocative or interesting a name.
From the far side - looking westwards - the back door can be seen.
In this photo the opening through which the water-pipes passed can be seen at the lower front edge of the windmill.
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