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 INDEX 
Website Design : Simon Potter WINDMILLS
Chailey Windmill
Halnaker Windmill
High Salvington Windmill
Jill Windmill
Lowfield Heath Windmill
Nutley Windmill
Oldland Windmill
Polegate Windmill
Rottingdean Windmill
Stone Cross Windmill
West Blatchington Windmill
Windmill Hill Windmill
WATERMILLS
Park Mill, Batemans
Coultershaw Beam Pump
Ifield Watermill
Lurgashall Watermill
Michelham Priory Watermill



WINDPUMPS
Glynde Windpump
Westham Hollow Post Windpump

 
Sussex Windmills DVD
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Sussex Mills Tea Towel

Location Map
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Coultershaw Beam Pump Michelham Priory Ifield

      Park Mill, Batemans
Situated at the bottom of the peaceful garden of Rudyard Kipling's former home, this watermill has been restored to working order by SIAS volunteers. Alongside can be seen an early water-driven turbine, installed to generate electricity for the house.
Location : From Heathfield, take the A265 east for 6 miles. After passing through Burwash Weald, turn right to Batemans.
Open : daily except Thursdays and Fridays, from Easter until the end of October, 11am to 5pm. Entry by admission to Batemans which includes entry to the mill.
Wheelchair access to the ground floor and ground only. Virtual tour available.
National Grid Reference TQ 670236
Further information
 
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  Chailey Windmill
A white smock mill, which has stood on this site (said to be the centre of Sussex) since 1864, having previously spent 34 years on two other sites.
Although now devoid of most of her machinery, the mill houses a rural life museum.
Location : From the A272/A275 North Chailey crossroads, take A272 west for 400 yards. The mill is up a turning on right.
Open Chailey windmill will be closed until June 2014 because work is being undertaken to the fantail and for chemical treatment for insect infestation. The mill will not be open for National Mills Weekend
: National Mills Sunday, Heritage Sunday and the last Sunday in each month from April to September inclusive, 3pm to 5pm. Entry by admission charge. Parties and Bank Holidays by arrangement. Wheelchair access to site only.
National Grid Reference TQ 387214

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     Coultershaw Beam Pump
A waterwheel driven beam pump, installed in 1782 to supplement the water supply for Petworth House and town.
A rescued barn has been erected over the pump, which has been restored by SIAS members.
Location : 1½ miles south of Petworth on the A285 to Chichester.
Open : National Mills Sunday and the 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month from April to September, National Mills Sunday, Heritage Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10.30am to 5pm or dusk, and by appointment.
Entry by admission charge, accompanied children free. Parties by arrangement with the curator.
Wheelchair access to ground floor only.
National Grid Reference SU 972194
Coultershaw Beam Pump website    Further information
 
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  Halnaker Windmill
A tile hung brick tower mill, built in 1750 for Goodwood Estates.
Although externally complete, she is only a shell without floors or machinery. Major renovations carried out in 2004.
Splendid walks across open fields with views of Chichester and the coast.
Location : North east of Chichester on the A285 to Petworth, then by public footpath from Halnaker village.
Open : all year. No admission charge
National Grid Reference SU 920097.

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High Salvington Windmill

A black post mill, built before 1750 and ceasing work by 1900.
Restored to working order and grinding flor.
There is a restored granary and a shop.
Refreshments are available.


Glynde Windpump
 situated at High Salvington Windmill

The remains of the post and some machinery were recovered from a site close to the railway at Glynde in 1988 and initial restoration commenced. High Salvington Mill Trust acquired the partially restored windpump in 2006 and completed the restoration in 2008 in accordance with information available and photographs taken in 1929.
The long boarded sweeps operate a single throw crank shaft to power the pump below.
The pump was originally used to supply well water to steam engines at a quarry works.


Location : From Worthing take the A27 west, turn right to High Salvington, and the mill is adjacent to the road after ¾ mile.
Open : National Mills Sunday and the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month April to September and National Mills Sunday, 2.30pm to 5pm. Entry by admission charge, accompanied children free. Parties by arrangement.
Wheelchair access to the site and shop only.
Special Events : Diary of events at High Salvington Windmill and at other Sussex mills.
National Grid Reference TQ 123067

High Salvington Windmill website

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    Ifield Watermill
There has been a corn mill here since 1684. It was rebuilt in 1817 and is now being restored. Working waterwheel and impressive millpond. Local history display.
Location : From the A23, Crawley by-pass, turn off to Gossops Green and take the 2nd on the right, right again, 1st left, and turn left at T junction. The mill is 400 yards on the left in Hyde Drive.
Open : on National Mills Weekend and the last Sunday in each month from May until September, 2.30pm to 5pm. Entry free, donations welcome.
Some disabled and wheelchair access.
Groups welcome at other times by arrangement.
National Grid Reference TQ 245365
Ifield Watermill website
 
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  Jill Windmill
Situated above the village of Clayton, adjacent to privately owned Jack Windmill and the roundhouse of Duncton Windmill.
Jill has been restored to working order and grinds flour occasionally.
Location : From the A23 at Pyecombe take the A273 north. The mill is signposted right after ¾ mile [Mill Lane].
Open : the Saturday and Sunday of National Mills Weekend and Sundays from May to September, 2pm to 5pm.
Entry by donation. Wheelchair access to site and roundhouse. Teas available.

Jack Windmill
Privately owned.
Open on selected days exclusively to Members of Jack And Jill Windmills Society.

Special Events : Diary of events at Jill Windmill and at other Sussex mills.

National Grid Reference : TQ 303134
Postcode : BN6 9PG

Jack and Jill Windmills website

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  Lowfield Heath Windmill
A mid-18th century post mill, moved to a new site in 1987-89. Although a Surrey mill, she spent 13 years in Sussex due to boundary changes. She last worked by wind in 1880 and is now fully restored and complete.
Location : From A23/A217 roundabout, north of Gatwick Airport, take the road to Charlwood and follow the sign to Rusper. The mill is on the right hand side outside of Charlwood village.
Open : 2 pm to 5 pm on the last Sunday of each month from May to August, National Mills Sunday, and National Heritage Weekend, or by appointment.
Wheelchair access to the site only.
Entry by donation. Click here for details of open days.
The rescued remains of Jolesfield Windmill are on display. Click here for details.
National Grid Reference TQ 234407
Lowfield Heath Windmill website

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  Lurgashall Watermill
Originally built at Lurgashall in the 17th century. Now one of over 50 historic buildings at Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. The mill is one of the few water-powered flour mills which can be seen working daily.
Further information

Westham Hollow Post Windpump
Originally erected in the middle of the 19th century to pump water from the brick clay workings sited to the north east of Pevensey and Westham Railway Station. The Hollow Post Pumping Mill is approximately quarter scale of a usual post mill design with cloth covered sweeps and a rear mounted vertical vane for winding. Through gearing the windshaft turns two eccentric cams driving push rods connected to the vertical pistons of two lift pumps. The brickworks was closed in the early 20th century and the derelict mill was removed and reconstructed in 1975 at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum.

Location : At southern end of Singleton village on the A286 Chichester to Midhurst road, entrance via the museum.
Open throughout the year, times vary, visit the website for details.
Entry by admission charge to the museum.
Wheelchair access to the site.
National Grid Reference : SU 875128
Postcode : PO18 0EU

Weald & Downland Open Air Museum website
 
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      Michelham Priory Watermill
Situated within the grounds of a 13th century moated priory. In 1896 an iron waterwheel was added. The machinery was removed in 1924, but in 1997 this mill underwent major restoration including a new cast iron waterwheel.
Location : Signposted (Heritage Signs) from the A27 at Alfriston, and the A22 at Arlington, Lower Dicker, and Golden Cross.
Open : 1st March to 31st October on Tuesday to Sunday (Closed Mondays). Open Bank Holidays and every day in August. The Priory and grounds open at 10.30am and close during March and October at 4.30pm, April, July and September at 5pm, August at 5.30pm.
The mill is normally open from 2pm.
Entry by admission charge to the Priory and grounds, which includes the mill. Wheelchair access to the grounds and ground floor only.
Sussex Past website
National Grid Reference TQ 556093
 
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  Nutley Windmill
An open trestle post mill and the oldest working windmill in Sussex, parts date from 16th century, although only having been on this site since 1830. She still grinds occasionally.
Location : From the A22 at the north end of Nutley, take the Crowborough road east for 1 mile to a car park on the left. The mill is a 400yd walk from the car park.
Open : National Mills Sunday, Spring & Automn Bank Holiday Monday and the last Sunday in each month from March to September, 2.30 to 5.30pm. Entry free.
The mill is also open most Wednesdays throughout the year from 11am to 4pm or dusk, whichever is the sooner. Wheelchair access to the site only.
Admission free. Donations welcome.
National Grid Reference TQ 451291
Further information
Uckfield & District Preservation Society website

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       Oldland Windmill
A post mill, first known on a map dated 1703 and in operation until 1912.
Restoration is now reaching completion. The sweeps were reinstated in 2007. Much of the machinery has survived. The first flour was milled in October 2008.
Location : To the east of Keymer. No car parking on site. Approachable only by foot from either Keymer or from Ditchling.
Wheelchaire access to the site only.
Open : Thursdays (workday) throughout the year, National Mills Sunday and selected Sundays during the summer.
See website for details.
National Grid Reference TQ 321163
Further information
 
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  Polegate Windmill
A brick tower mill with original machinery, restored in 1967.
Three working oat crushers, adjacent milling museum, refreshment area, education room and toilets.
Location : West of A22 at Park Croft, Polegate, 4 miles north of Eastbourne and 10 minutes walk from Polegate Railway Station.
Open : 2pm to 5pm Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter to the end of October, and on Wednesdays in August.
Comprehensive Wheelchair-accessible Museum adjoins the mill.
Entry by small admission charge.
Special Events : Diary of events at Polegate Windmill and at other Sussex mills.
Entry by admission charge.
National Grid Reference : TQ 582041
Postcode : BN26 5LB

Further information

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  Rottingdean Windmill
This black smock mill, maintained by The Rottingdean Preservation Society, known as "Beacon Mill", was erected on a single-storey brick base at the present site in 1802.
The last miller, Mr George Nicholls, finished work here in the early 1880s and by 1890 Beacon Mill was regarded so disheveled as to require immediate demolition. Fortunately this was delayed and emergency measures taken. In 1905-1906 the Marquis of Abergavenny, on whose land she stood, had the mill renovated.
Further repairs were carried out in 1935, 1960, 1975 and again in recent years.
Little of the original milling machinery now remains.
The first and ground floors are open to the public and interpretation information is available.
Location : Situated on Beacon Hill, adjacent to the A259 Coast Road, west of the City of Brighton & Hove.
Open : 2pm to 4.30pm on the Saturday and Sunday of National Mills Weekend and on the third Sunday of each month from May to September. Car parking in the village. Wheelchair access to ground floor and grounds only. Entry free, donations welcome.
National Grid Reference TQ 366025

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Shipley Windmill

The mill was closed to visitors in July 2009 due to the non-renewal of the lease by the landlord.
The Shipley Windmill trust and the Friends of Shipley Windmill regret that the windmill will be closed indefinitely.

Click here for further details.

 

  Stone Cross Windmill
Sussex Mills Group and Wealden District Council safeguarded the future of this windmill by the formation in 1995 of the Stone Cross Mill Trust.
This white tower mill, owned by the Stone Cross Mill Trust, has been restored to working order and now grinds regularly.
The mill, originally known as Blackness Mill, dates from 1876, and worked until 1937. She is reckoned to be the most highly developed tower windmill in this country.
Location : From the A22/A27 junction north of Polegate, take the A27 east, turn right after two miles (signposted Stone Cross / Westham / Eastbourne). The mill is ¾ mile on the right, past the crossroads. Public access to the mill is via Beggars Lane. Wheelchair access to ground floor.
Open : The exterior is available to view anytime. The mill will be open during the summer on Sundays 2pm to 5pm or by prior arrangement. Whilst there is no car parking at the mill, there are spaces in the adjoining roads. Entry free. Donations Welcome.
National Grid Reference TQ 619041
Further Information

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  West Blatchington Windmill
An unusual smock mill , built on a barn complex circa. 1820 and ceasing work around 1897. The original machinery remains as the heart of a fascinating museum of milling, displaying many items rescued from other Sussex mills.
Location : From A27/A2038 junction on the Brighton by-pass, take A2038 for approx. ¾ mile and turn left at the traffic lights. The mill is in Holmes Avenue.
Open : National Mills & Heritage Sunday, Sundays and Bank Holidays from May to September, 2.30pm to 5pm. Entry by admission charge. Wheelchair access to ground floor.
Teas available. Parties by arrangement.
National Grid Reference : TQ 279068
Postcode : BN3 7LF

Further information

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     Windmill Hill Windmill
Situated in 1066 country, the second tallest and largest Post Mill in body size. Dating from 1815, the mill last worked by wind in 1894.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the European Union and the European Agricultural and Guidance and Guarantee Fund.
There is a film and interpretation centre and visits to the mill body.
Location : On the A271 between Herstmonceux and Boreham Street.
Open to the public on National Mills Weekend, Heritage Sunday, the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month and Bank Holidays : 2.30 - 5 00 pm Easter to October. School parties and other groups can visit throughout the year by appointment.
Wheelchair access to the interpretation centre.
Admission by donation
National Grid Reference TQ 648122
Further information

 
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  Sussex Windmills DVD
The first record of a windmill in Sussex was at Amberley in 1185. As the population increased, so did the demand for flour, and over the next seven centuries many hundreds were built within the county, the last being Patcham Waterhall Mill in 1884/5.

Mills which burned down or suffered other disasters were replaced as necessary. Today only the remains of eighty can still be found, and of these just a few have been restored to their former glory.

This DVD is a tribute to those volunteers who have devoted countless hours to the restoration, preservation and maintenance of these magnificent monuments to our industrial heritage.

The work is ongoing and never complete. We hope that this DVD will encourage viewers to go out and discover for themselves the wonderful technology of these splendid buildings.

This DVD, with a running time of approximately 25 minutes, produced by Martyn Taylor and narrated by Jenny Pickering, includes Jill, Polegate, High Salvington, West Blatchington, Nutley, Stone Cross, Barnham, Shipley, Oldland, Halnaker, Lowfield Heath, Argos Hill and Chailey windmills. Also included are interviews with Jim Woodward-Nutt and with miller's daughter Bertha Terry, as well as a sequence showing grinding at Shipley Windmill.

This [region 2] DVD is on sale at most of the Sussex mills open to visitors.

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  Dusty Miller's Sussex Mills Passport
When you visit the participating Sussex mills you will have your passport stamped.

When you have collected stamps from twelve mills you will be able to send off for a limited edition SILVER coloured Dusty Miller Badge.

As you go around the mills, you will learn about these extremely interesting buildings and how they were used to produce flour, and, at one of them, how it pumped water to supply a country house.

On sale at most of the Sussex mills open to visitors.

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Sussex Windmills and Watermills Tea Towel
This very popular tea towel, available in a variety colours and designed by Sussex Mills Group,
features a selection of Sussex windmills and watermills.


Detail from Sussex Mills tea towel
Detail from tea towel
  Sussex Mills tea towel

On sale at most of the Sussex mills open to visitors.


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  Open to view
This leaflet is available from libraries, tourist information centres
and mills across East and West Sussex.

Park Mill, Batemans
Chailey Windmill
Coultershaw Beam Pump
Halnaker Windmill
Glynde Windpump
High Salvington Windmill
Ifield Watermill
Jill Windmill
Lowfield Heath Windmill
Lurgashall Watermill
Michelham Priory Watermill
Nutley Windmill
Oldland Windmill
Polegate Windmill
Rottingdean Windmill
Stone Cross Windmill
Westham Hollow Post Windpump
West Blatchington Windmill
Windmill Hill Windmill
 

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High Salvington Polegate Chailey Halnaker


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