The Basingstoke windmill
In 1822, a windmill was constructed in Basingstoke, not far from
Norn Hill, close to the where the railway bridge is today. The windmill was
owned by a Mr. Whistler and had a very troubled life.
In 1842 the fans of the windmill were blown down in a high wind,
then a few years later the windmill caught fire. The fire wasn't a large fire,
but it was big enough to close down production for a while. In 1839 the railways
came to Basingstoke and the railway company decided
to lay the tracks in front of the mill. The construction of the lines brought
difficulties in transporting goods to the town. When in 1849 the Great Western
Railway began construction of track behind the mill, trade for the mill was
brought to a complete halt. Mr. Whistler sued the Railway for damages and won
£905 compensation. the mill was demolished in February, 1849.