S for snake
I took this picture earlier today, and was told it isn't a snake, it's an eel, but that wouldn't have made such a good title.
This is a wall tie, between this and another one of the opposite side of the building will be a steel rod, held in place and tensioned by the nut you can see in the middle of the 'S'. The idea is that it stops the building collapsing outwards.
This is an old building, Eling Tide Mill, which sits right next to Southampton Water - here -
to the west of Southampton. It's the only functioning Tide Mill in the United Kingdom. According to the website it's only one of two in the world that uses tidal energy to grind flour.
There's been a mill on this site for at least 900 years, it was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The current building is at least 230 years old.http://www.elingtidemill.wanadoo.co.uk/sitem.html
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