This view was taken of the this unusual five sweep smock mill from the road. The late afternoon sunshine has created a nicely contrasted image.
This mill has been reconstructed, having been dismantled for safety reasons in the 1950s. It was last worked in 1912, and the five sweeps were able to drive four pairs of stones. The mill was commissioned by James Collins (no relative), and was built by Millwright Warren of Hawkhurst.
The new design is intended to be a power generator (about 20kW) and a residence. There is a site about the reconstruction and the mill's history, here - which, although is frustratingly short of detail does provide some outline information.
There is a view of the mill prior to its dilapidation in my Postcard Album:
I have been provided with information about various Sussex windmills from Simon Potter who runs a brilliant site about Sussex Mills.
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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