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 INDEX 
  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 Heritage Site & Beam Pump
Ifield Watermill
Lurgashall Watermill
Michelham Priory Watermill



WINDPUMPS
Glynde Windpump
Westham Hollow Post Windpump
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Sussex Mills Passport Scheme
Location Maps
Sussex Mills Tea Towel

    Park Mill, Batemans
National Grid Reference : TQ 670 236
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. The Mill grinds corn most Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm.

Location: From Heathfield take A265 east for 6 miles. After passing through Burwash Weald, turn right into Batemans.

Open: 1st March to 2nd November, 7 days a week, 11am - 5pm. Admission charge to Batemans includes mill. Wheelchair access to ground floor and grounds.

Postcode: TN19 7DS

click here for the website www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Further information
Accessible to a wheelchair user travelling independently
Entry free, donation welcome
Toilets
Assistance dogs only
Parking available
Disabled parking available
Refreshments
Gift shop
 
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    Chailey Windmill
National Grid Reference : TQ 387 214
A white smock mill which has stood on this site since 1864, having spent 34 years on two other sites.
Although now devoid of most machinery, she houses a rural life museum.


Location: At the far end of Mill Lane, on the northern side of A272 near the junction with A275.

Open: Last Sunday of month from April to September, National Mills Sunday and Heritage Sunday 3 to 5pm. Parties and Bank Holidays by arrangement. Wheelchair access to the grounds only.
Entry by small admission charge.


Postcode: BN8 4DJ

click here for the website www.escis.org.uk/Entry/view/Friends_of_Chailey_Windmill
Accessible to a wheelchair user travelling independently
Entry free, donation welcome
Assistance dogs only
Parking available
 
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    Coultershaw Heritage Site & Beam Pump
National Grid Reference : SU 973 194
A working waterwheel driven beam pump, installed in 1782, to supplement the water supply for Petworth House and town. Also a modern Archimedes Screw water turbine generating electricity from a renewable source.
Redeveloped Museum with new exhibits.


Location: 1¼ mile south of Petworth on the A285. Look out for the Brown Tourist Signs.

Open: 1st and 3rd Sundays, April - September (inclusive). Plus National Mills Sunday, Heritage Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 11am - 5pm. Party visits by appointment with curator. Admission: £2.50 per adult; Children under 16 free.

Postcode: GU28 0JE

click here for the website www.coultershaw.co.uk

Further information
Accessible to a wheelchair user travelling independently
Admission charge
Dogs allowed
Parking available
Disabled toilets
Toilets
 
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    Halnaker Windmill
National Grid Reference : SU 920 096
A tile hung brick tower windmill built in 1750 for the Goodwood Estates. Although externally complete, she is only a shell without floors or machinery. In 1934 the mill was restored by Sir William Bird as a memorial to his wife.
Further renovations were carried out in 2004. Splendid views of Chichester and the coast.


Location: North east of Chichester on the A285 to Midhurst. There are two public footpaths up to the windmill from Halnaker village, both of which have off road parking.

Open: The exterior can be viewed at any time, the empty interior is currently closed.
Looked after by WSCC Countryside Rangers


click here for the website www.westsussex.gov.uk
Search : 'Halnaker windmill'
Accessible to a wheelchair user travelling independently
Dogs allowed
Entry free, donation welcome
Winter opening
 
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High Salvington Windmill

National Grid Reference : TQ 121 066
A black post mill built around 1770-1780 and ceased working by 1900. Restored to working order and grinding flour. There is a restored granary and a shop. Refreshments available.

Location: From Worthing take the A27 west, turn right up to High Salvington and the mill is adjacent to the road after ¾ of a mile.

Open: 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month from April to September and National Mills Sunday 2.30 to 5pm. Wheelchair access to site and shop only. Free entry for accompanied children. Parties by arrangement.

Postcode: BN13 3BP

click here for the website www.highsalvingtonwindmill.co.uk

Diary of events at High Salvington Windmill and at other Sussex mills.
Disabled toilets
Admission charge
Gift shop
Refreshments
Bus unavailable on Sundays
  


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 the 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 photos taken in 1929.
The wind pump was originally used to drain lime kilns at a quarry works. The long boarded sweeps operate a single throw crank shaft to power an old Dando water pump below. This water pump was obtained from a farm near Horsham as the original one at Glynde has not been located.
Opening and contact details are as per High Salvington mill above.
 
 
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    Ifield Watermill
National Grid Reference : TQ 246 407
There has been a corn mill here since 1684. It was rebuilt in 1817 and from 1974 volunteers have restored it. Now boasts a working water wheel and other milling machinery, impressive millpond and a display illustrating its history.

Location: From the A23 Crawley bypass, turn off to Gossops Green and take the 2nd turning on the right, right again, 1st left, and turn left at the T junction. The mill is 400 yards on the left in Hyde Drive.

Open: The last Sunday of each month from May to September. Plus National Mills Sunday 2.30 to 5pm.

Postcode: RH11 0PL

click here for the website www.crawleymuseums.org
Accessible to a wheelchair user travelling independently
Entry free, donation welcome
Disabled toilets
Toilets
Parking available
 
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    Jill Windmill
National Grid Reference : TQ 303 134
Situated above Clayton village, adjacent to Jack (a tower windmill - private), this post mill was moved to her present site in 1852.
After years of neglect she 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.

Open: Most Sundays and Bank Holidays from May to September and National Mills Sunday from 2 to 5pm. Dogs and wheelchair access to site and roundhouse. Entry by donation.

Postcode: BN6 9PG

click here for the website www.jillwindmill.org.uk

Diary of events at Jill Windmill and at other Sussex mills.
Accessible to a wheelchair user travelling independently
Dogs allowed
Entry free, donation welcome
Parking available
Disabled parking available
Refreshments
Gift shop
   
Jack Windmill

A tower Mill built in 1866. The Mill last worked in 1906.
There are plans to restore Jack externally, complete with Sweeps and a working Cap.
Privately owned. Open: on selected days exclusively to Members of Jack And Jill Windmills Society.

Further information


 
Adjacent to Jack's tower is the roundhouse of Dunction Windmill, a post mill built in 1765 and dismanted during the construction of Jack Windmill.
 
 
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    Lowfield Heath Windmill
National Grid Reference : TQ 235 408
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, take the road to Charlwood and follow signs to Rusper. The mill is on the right hand side outside of Charlwood Village.

Open: The last Sunday of each month from April to August 2 to 5pm, National Mills Sunday and Heritage Weekend 10am to 5pm, or by appointment.

Postcode: RH6 OEL

click here for the website www.ockleywindmill.co.uk/lowfieldheathwindmill.htm

The rescued remains of Jolesfield Windmill are on display.
Click here for details.
Accessible to a wheelchair user travelling independently
Dogs allowed
Entry free, donation welcome
Parking available
 
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    Lurgashall Watermill
National Grid Reference : SU 875 128
Situated at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
Originally built at Lurgashall in the 17th Century and now one of over 50 historic buildings at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum.
The mill is one of the few water-powered flour mills which can be seen working daily.


Location: At the southern end of Singleton Village on the A286 Chichester to Midhurst Road, entrance is via the museum.

Open: Throughout the year, times vary, call or visit the website for details.

Postcode: PO18 0EU

click here for the website www.wealddown.co.uk
Accessible to a wheelchair user travelling independently
Admission charge
Gift shop
Refreshments
Dogs allowed
Toilets
Winter opening
Disabled parking available
Parking available
Frequent bus service nearby
Coach parking available
  
Westham hollow post windpump
Situated at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
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 approx. quarter scale of a usual post mill design with cloth covered sweeps and a rear mounted vertical vane for winding. The windshaft is geared to 2 eccentric cams driving push rods connected to the vertical pistons of 2 lift pumps. The brickworks were closed in the early 20th century and the derelict mill was removed and reconstructed at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton.
Opening and contact details are as per Lurgashall Watermill above.
 
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    Michelham Priory Watermill
National Grid Reference : TQ 556 093
Situated within the grounds of a 13th century moated priory. During 1997 this mill underwent major restoration including a new cast iron waterwheel.

Location: Signposted (Heritage signs) from A27 at Alfriston and the A22 at Arlington, Lower Dicker and Golden Cross.

Open: Daily (subject to volunteers) 1st March to 31st October. The Priory and grounds open at 10.30am and close at 5pm (or dusk if earlier). 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.

Postcode: BN27 3QS

click here for the website www.sussexpast.co.uk/michelham
Accessible to a wheelchair user travelling independently
Admission charge
Gift shop
Refreshments
Assistance dogs only
Toilets
Disabled toilets
 
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    Nutley Windmill
National Grid Reference : TQ 451 291
An open trestle post mill and the oldest working windmill in Sussex, parts date from the 16th century, although only having been on this site since 1830. She still grinds on occasions.

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 400 yard walk from the car park (TQ 456 288).

Open: Most Wednesdays (11am to 3pm), the last Sunday in month March to September plus National Mills Weekend, Spring and Autumn Bank Holidays all 2.30 to 5.30pm. Wheelchair access to site only.

Postcode: TN22 3HY

click here for the website www.udps.co.uk

Diary of events at Nutley Windmill and at other Sussex mills.
Accessible to a wheelchair user travelling independently
Entry free, donation welcome
Gift shop
Refreshments
Assistance dogs only
Toilets
Disabled toilets
 
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    Oldland Windmill
National Grid Reference : TQ 321 163
A post mill, first shown on a 1703 map, she ceased working in 1912. Restoration began in 1980 and first flour was milled again in 2008.

Location: East of Keymer. No parking on site. Approachable on foot from Keymer or Ditchling.

Open: 1st Sunday of each month from April to October (except July is 2nd Sunday).
The May, July and September open days are themed special events with a free shuttle bus from the Thatched Inn in Ockley Lane.
Visitors will also be welcomed most Thursday mornings by volunteers working on the mill. See website for opening times.


Postcode: BN6 8ND

click here for the website www.oldlandwindmill.co.uk

Diary of events at Oldland Windmill and at other Sussex mills.
Accessible to a wheelchair user travelling independently
Refreshments
Assistance dogs only
Gift shop


Admission charge
Entry by donation
 
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    Polegate Windmill
National Grid Reference : TQ 582 041
A brick tower mill with original machinery, restored in 1967. Two working Oat Crushers, adjacent milling museum, refreshment area, education room and toilets.

Location: West of A2270 at Park Croft, Polegate, 4 miles north of Eastbourne and 10 minutes walk from Polegate railway station.

Open: Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter to end of October, and on Wednesdays in August from 2 to 5pm. Special events are available to view at the website address shown below. Wheelchair access to ground floor. Picnic Area available.

Postcode: BN26 5LB

click here for the website www.sussexmillsgroup.org.uk

Diary of events at Polegate Windmill and at other Sussex mills.
Accessible to a wheelchair user travelling independently
Refreshments
Assistance dogs only
Gift shop
Admission charge
Toilets
Disabled toilets
 
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    Rottingdean Windmill
National Grid Reference : TQ 366 025
A black smock mill maintained by the Rottingdean Preservation Society. The mill dates from 1802 and worked until 1881.
Little of the original milling machinery now remains. The first and ground floors are open to the public.


Location: Situated on Beacon Hill on the Brighton to Newhaven A259 coast road.

Open: The Saturday and Sunday of National Mills Weekend from Noon to 4.30pm and the 3rd Sunday of month from May to September.
Wheelchair access to ground floor only.


Postcode: BN2 7JA

click here for the website www.rottingdeanpreservationsociety.org.uk
Accessible to a wheelchair user travelling independently
Entry free, donation welcome
Assistance dogs only


Parking available
Parking in village
 
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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
National Grid Reference : TQ 619 041
A white tower mill owned by the Stone Cross Mill Trust, which has restored her to working order. The mill dates from 1876, worked until 1937 and now grinds regularly.
Sussex Mills Group and Wealden District Council safeguarded the future of this windmill by the formation in 1995 of the Stone Cross Mill Trust.


Location: From the A22/A27 junction north of Polegate, take the A27 east, turn right after 2 miles, signposted Stone Cross / Westham / Eastbourne. The mill is mile on the right, past the crossroads. Public access is via Beggars Lane. No car parking at the mill.

Open: Exterior viewable anytime. Open from Easter until end of September, Sundays 2-5pm. Other times by arrangement. Ground floor wheelchair access.

Postcode: BN24 5EA
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Further information

Diary of events at Stone Cross Windmill and at other Sussex mills.
Accessible to a wheelchair user travelling independently
Refreshments
Assistance dogs only
Gift shop
Entry free, donation welcome
Toilets
Disabled toilets
 
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    West Blatchington Windmill
National Grid Reference : TQ 279068
An unusual smock mill built on a barn complex in c.1820 and ceased to work around 1897. The original machinery remains at the heart of a fascinating museum of milling, displaying many items rescued from other Sussex mills.

Location: From the A27/A2038 junction on the Brighton bypass, take the A2038 for approx. ¾ mile and turn left at the lights.
The mill is in Holmes Avenue.


Open: May to September, Sundays and Bank Holidays 2.30 to 5pm. Plus National Mills Weekend open Sunday, 11am to 5pm.

Postcode: BN3 7LE

click here for the website www.sussexmillsgroup.org.uk/blatchington.htm

Diary of events at West Blatchington Windmill and at other Sussex mills.
Accessible to a wheelchair user travelling independently
Refreshments
Dogs allowed
Gift shop
Admission charge
Toilets
Disabled parking available
Parking available
 
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    Windmill Hill Windmill
National Grid Reference : TQ 648 122
The mill dates from 1814 and was opened to the public in 2006 after a Heritage Lottery Funded restoration. This unique windmill offers interest for the whole family, with a film and displays of her history, operation and restoration. Our volunteer guides show visitors around.

Location: On A271 between Herstmonceux and Boreham Street.

Open: Easter to October, 1st and 3rd Sunday of month and Bank Holidays - 2.30 to 5pm, National Mills Sunday 10.30 to 5pm, Heritage Sunday 12 to 5pm. Groups and school parties by arrangement.

Postcode: BN27 4RT

click here for the website www.windmillhillwindmill.org

Diary of events at Windmill Hill Windmill and at other Sussex mills.
Accessible to a wheelchair user travelling independently
Refreshments
Assistance dogs only
Gift shop
Entry free, donation welcome
Toilets
Disabled parking available
Parking available
 
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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 Mills tea towel 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.

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.


Click here to download this leaflet

 

INDEX

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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