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St Monans Windmill

By lenocm
St Monans Salt Mill

The St Monans windmill stands as one of the few reminders of an industry which was once the main source of employment for the area. Salt panning may not be the most glamorous job in the world, but for 17th and 18th Century Scotland it was a vital commodity in the burgeoning trade with continental Europe.

The Forth Valley had a distinct advantage in the production of salt, having coal readily available nearby to provide heat to evaporate seawater which was collected in iron pans.

The Salt Mill here at St Monans was used to pump seawater into the iron pans. Once full, the coal was fired and the heat evaporated off the water leaving the valuable white crystals behind. It was an intensive process, as to produce one ton of salt took almost 32 tons of seawater.

Tags: Photo journalism Windmill Black and white Fife St monans Landscape and travel

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19 Feb 2014 4:14PM
Beautiful captures especially V2 and V3! I think colour versions are working better as they deliver greater details and light!

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19 Feb 2014 6:05PM
Superb captures. Love the pov in V3.
19 Feb 2014 7:28PM
Great image v1 works well for meSmileSmile
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
19 Feb 2014 11:42PM
Of the version 1/2 or 3, I like the first. The color version is pleasing because of the nice muted light you had, this gives wonderful details. I also like the mono conversion.

20 Feb 2014 12:03PM
Beautiful image and very interesting explanantion.
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2014 7:47AM
V2 for me, lovely.

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