Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Powering a windmill

Psychedelic Austin Powers-style windmill conversion – next to a pylon – for sale in Lancashire

 

There are conversions and there are poorly executed conversions and then there’s a poorly executed conversion next to a pylon: Be introduced to Treales Windmill, near Kirkham in Lancashire – a “habitable” former windmill that is described as in need of “improvement and modernisation”.

 

Powering a windmill –Treales Windmill, 5 Treales Road, Lytham, Lancashire PR4 3SR
Treales Windmill with a pylon to the left (and a mildew coating to the tower)

 

Built circa 1721 and bizarrely Grade II listed despite having a naff flat-roofed extension and a garage driven through the ground floor of its tower, the 2,082 square foot property is now for sale for £500,000. It includes 4 reception rooms and 3 bedrooms and though the selling agents Armitstead Barnett laud the conversion as having “stood well in terms of taste and style”, they neglect to mention the building’s proximity to a particularly ugly set of pylons.

 

Powering a windmill –Treales Windmill, 5 Treales Road, Lytham, Lancashire PR4 3SR
The entrance is not especially inspired in terms of its design and features a UPVC door and ugly wooden staircase

Powering a windmill –Treales Windmill, 5 Treales Road, Lytham, Lancashire PR4 3SR
The decoration would inspire Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and horrify Kelly Hoppen

Powering a windmill –Treales Windmill, 5 Treales Road, Lytham, Lancashire PR4 3SR
A view of yet more pylons

 

Undoubtedly quirky and standing in 6.84 acres of gardens and woodland, Treales Windmill certainly has the potential to be turned into a truly unusual home. It’s just a shame that the planners will likely make you keep many of the Austin Powers elements added when the building was converted in 1960 to designs by an architect named Tom Mellor. Yeah baby yeah!

 

 

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    1. A shame they destroyed all that gave it character. The rendering is horrific and the sails have gone. It is a disgrace what was allowed in the 1960s and 1970s.

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