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Historic island flour mill sold

5 November 08 17:08 GMT

One of Guernsey's best-known landmarks has been sold at auction.

Vale Mill, which is owned by the States, was bought for £57,000 by a local telephone bidder who wishes to remain anonymous.

About 50 people watched the auction in a field near the flour mill which dates back to the mid-1850s.

The granite mill - originally built of wood in 1770 - has no running water or electricity. It was sold as part of the States' rationalisation project.

During the occupation, German soldiers removed the mill's sails, built a further three storeys, including an anti-aircraft position and a range-finding station, then returned the sails for camouflage purposes.

It provides panoramic views over to Herm and Sark and is used as a landmark by sailors.

A full renovation was completed two years ago.

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