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Wheat, Barley, Oats and peas were grown around the town of Rindoon as these were staples of medieval agriculture and its rotation system.

The Grain is milled for food and drink—the wheat flour for bread, the barley for brewing in to ale and the oats for porridge, gruel and fodder for horses. While the peas are eaten by the towns people.

 
  Grain yields of slightly under four times seed grain sown were the norm until the 18th century, this was due to the limitations of the technology, the limitations of fertilisers and the crop rotation system used.  
  In a town which had a wind or water mill, the residents would not have been allowed to own their own hand mills. This was to ensure they used the mill of the landlord who charged roughly 6 – 5% of the crop delivered for milling as a fee to mill the wheat, barley or oats into flour.  
The mill which was set up in Rindoon was technologically one of the most advanced in Ireland, being a Postmill type of windmill.
  The three story tower which we can see today in St Johns woods is a later type, which is built of stone and similar to the fully restored windmill in Elphin, Co Roscommon. Of particular interest is the two door ways placed on each side of the tower allowing the miller to continue entering and leaving the building whatever the direction of the wind.  
     
   
 

A Post Windmill - similar to the one first erected in Rindoon.

 
   
  The three story windmill at Elphin Co Roscommon- similar to the later windmill built in Rindoon.  
     

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