The Moulin de Cugarel is an intact and restored 17th-century windmill. Typical of the 32 mills built here with the arrival of Riquet’s canal, the Cugarel was in use until 1921.

The top and roof (capelado) of the mill rotates, with a gear mechanism controlled by the miller to keep the 7-m long sails directed into the wind. The mill was restored in 1962, with complete with working interior. The giant millstones were turned at 60 revolutions per minute, producing three 50-kg sacks of flour per hour.


4 Comments CherryPie on Sep 12th 2012

4 Responses to “Cugarel Windmill”

  1. Victoria says:

    Beautiful pictures!

  2. This windmill is very unusual.
    Not sure if I have seen a cone shaped one before.
    These two pictures reminded me of Rye in Sussex.
    Have you been there before?