Fletching's Old Mill Is Being Demolished
The 18th century watermill at Fletching is being demolished. Its function as a flour mill ended at the turn of the century. Until 1925 it was used for producing grist and cattle feed, and in recent years it had become the haunt of rates and a shelter for the birds.
Mrs. E. J. Martin, who lives at Mill House, told an "Express-Herald" reporter on Monday :
"I know it was a well-known Sussex landmark, but I think people will agree with me that it was by no means picturesque.
Her husband explained that a little house adjoined the mill at one time but he was unable to say how many millers had lived in it. He knew that Mr. Joseph Martin - no relation - took over the mill from Mr. George Sparks in 1873. "Those were the days when the barges plied up and down the River Ouse from Newhaven and tied up at the two wharves near the mill" said Mr. E. J. Martin. "The barges brought manure for the farmers and returned with produce and sacks of flour&qout;.
"A good deal of the flour which was milled here was sold locally. People baked their own bread".
"My father, Mr. W. Martin, helped to unload the last barge which came up here in 1879."
The following names have been associated with the mill : Mr. W. Martin, Mr. Diplock and Mr. Tidey.
Ownership of the mill was transferred from Searle's Estate to Sheffield Park Estate.