Windmill from the village of Nikolaevka

Short description
The windmill from the village of Nikolaevka (Dubensk district, Republic of Mordovia) is located on a historical site. The time of construction is unknown. Smock mill with an unknown number of sails and unknown number of millstones. Sheathed Frame. Was used as a flour mill (flour).

ConditionThe windmill is falling into ruin and may disappear
StatusIn noone's possession, not used
MechanismNot restored, is going to ruin
Information about the mill was checked on 06.03.2016.
The following historical parts of the mechanism have been preserved:
Windshaft, Brake wheel, Upright shaft, Wallover.


Additional description
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It is a frame mill with a completely empty bottom. The mill can be referred to the southeastern smocks (one of eight), such as, for example, the mill in Polnoe Konobeevo or Kulyabovka. In such mills if the barn collapses, nothing of it remains, because the first floor of the frame is columns with no paneling/boarding, and the walls of the barn are wider and broader than the frame.

An interesting feature of the mill is the compound pillars. All eight pillars near the ground have a composite structure. And this, in general, is all that is left at this level. There are no gears, no millstones, no hoppers left. The second level is slightly better: the turning cap has survived, although practically without a roof. There is a windshaft with a good camwheel under it. There is also a solid vertical shaft with an upper wallover.

Judging by the four spots under the ceiling of the first floor, we can assume that there were two pairs of millstones in the mill. The number of sails was most likely four, but it’s difficult to say for sure, because there are too few framed mills left for statistics.

It's a pity, but the mill doesn’t have many exciting prospects, though it is one of the last two mills in Mordovia. And if Chamzinka is a new one, then this is the last mill in Mordovia.

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