West Blatchington Windmill


West Blatchington Windmill

which has been restored and is open to the public.

History

"West Blatchington Windmill" was built in the 1820s, first appearing on Greenwood's map of 1823. It was painted by John Constable in 1825. The mill is hexagonal in plan, whereas most smock mills are octagonal. She was working until 1897, when two sails were damaged. In 1937, the mill was acquired from the Marquess of Abergavenny by Hove Corporation, and has been maintained as a landmark. Repairs were done to the mill by Neve's, the Heathfield millwrights in 1937.cite book | first = Martin| last = Brunnarius| year = 1979| title = The Windmills of Sussex| pages = p68-71, 83, 190| publisher = Philimore| location = Chichester| id= ISBN 0 85033 345 8]

Description

As built, "West Blatchington Windmill" is a three storey smock mill on a three storey brick base, with a stage at third floor level. In 1825 she had four Common sails but latterly was worked with four Patent sails. These were carried on a cast iron Windshaft, mounted on a cross, similar to the Lincolnshire practice. The mill is fitted with Holloway's screw brake. The cap is in the Kentish style, winded by a fantail. The mill drove two pairs of underdrift millstones. The mill stood at the junction of three barns, one of the original barns remains standing today, and one of the others was replaced with a new build barn in 1997.cite web| url= http://www.blatchington.virtualmuseum.info/about.asp| publisher =Brighton & Hove Museums| title = The Mill's Recent History| accessdate= 2008-05-11] Most of the machinery was removed in 1937, leaving the Brake Wheel and Upright Shaft.

Millers

*Hodson - 1887
*John Brown 1887 -
*Whittington - 1897

References for above:-

References

External links

* [http://www.windmillworld.com/millid/2610.htm Windmill World] Page on West Blatchington windmill.
* [http://www.blatchington.virtualmuseum.info/default.asp Mill museum website]

Further reading

cite book | first = Peter| last = Hemming| year = 1936| title = Windmills in Sussex| publisher = C W Daniel| location = London [http://theweald.org/bk.asp?BookId=wind900&xid=A&xnm=1 Online version]


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