Windmill at Cross In Hand, Heathfield, East Sussex - 7th February 2004

Sadly bereft of her sweeps, this mill stands rather forlornly on the western approach to Heathfield.

Windmill, Cross in Hand, Heathfield, East Sussex, 7th February 2004 - MTC

This post mill is know as "The New Mill"; the old mill went out of action in 1903.  She was built at Mount Ephraim in Framfield, and moved to Cross in Hand in 1855.

However the local Squire (Squire Hurth), did not approve of her proximity to his mansion and grounds, where local gossip suggested that there were unseemly goings-on! She was then moved again to her present location 1/4 mile away in 1868, carried on rollers, and pulled by a team of oxen.

In 1868 the partnership of Newnham and Ashdown commenced grinding at the mill. This family association continued until 1969, when a stock broke, while the mill was working. However the sails may turn again, as a restoration programme is under way.

I have been provided with information about various Sussex windmills from  Simon Potter who runs a brilliant site about Sussex Windmills. 

More information on this and other wind and water mills may be found on the excellent  Windmill World site.

Check out my other windmill photographs in my Windmill Album.

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Photographs Mark Collins 2006

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