Copton Pumping Windmill
|Grid reference||TR 014 596|
|Operator(s)||Faversham Water Company|
|Number of sails||Four|
|Type of sails||Patent sails|
|Fantail blades||Six blades|
|Type of pump||Plunger|
Copton Mill was built by the millwrights Spray and Harmer in 1863. The mill was marked on the 1858-72 and 1903-10 Ordnance Survey maps. It was worked by wind until 1930, when the cap and sails were removed and replaced with a 6,000 imperial gallons (27,000 l) water tank.
- Faversham Water Company
- Mid Kent Water Company
- Southern Water
Copton Mill is a three-storey brick tower mill which formerly had a Kentish-style cap. It had four patent sails 37 feet (11.28 m) long and 5 feet (1.52 m) wide carried on a cast-iron windshaft. The mill was winded by a fantail. It was rated at 15 horsepower (11 kW) and could pump 10,000 imperial gallons (45,000 l) of water per hour. An oil engine was used as auxiliary power.
- West, Jenny (1973). The Windmills of Kent. London: Charles Skilton Ltd. pp. p91. SBN 284-98534-1.
- Coles Finch, William (1933). Watermills and Windmills. London: C W Daniel Company. pp. p203.
- Bygone Kent (Rainham: Meresborough Books). Volume 3 Number 11: p670–675. November 1981.
- Windmill World page on the mill.