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Death By Windmill

Posted on: May 25th, 2018 by Sue

Built in the early 1700s on the west side of the Car Dyke, the Fengate Postmill was at this time owned and operated by James Holditch. On this Friday afternoon, Ann Rands visited the mill to buy barley meal. As she was leaving she was struck on the head by the revolving sail and died. The coroner’s report confirmed that she had received a mortal bruise on her neck and shoulder and had died instantly. James Holditch later claimed that the damage to the sail amounted to 1s! (Family History Magazine)

Taken from: The Peterborough Book of Days, by Brian Jones, The History Press, 2014.