One 1778 windmill in particular, however, stood out: a "horizontal air-mill" for grinding linseed, with the "appearance of a mammoth packing case surmounted by what might be mistaken for a lighthouse". It was 140 feet tall and very ugly indeed.
Some observers suggested that it didn't just look like a packing case - it really was a packing case. The story went that the Emperor of Russia, when visiting, grew very fond of the nearby Battersea Church, and wanted to take it home with him. He therefore had an enormous packing-case built - but the people of Battersea wouldn't let him take their church, so he abandoned the case sitting where it had been made.