Pratt's Mill, Crowborough
The mill c1905
|Mill name||Pratt's Mill|
|Grid reference||TQ 518 311|
|Number of sails||Four sails|
|Type of sails||Patent sails|
|Number of pairs of millstones||Three pairs|
|Year lost||Truncated 1927|
Pratt's Mill was built between September 1861 and February 1862. The machinery from Calverley Mill, Tunbridge Wells was used in the construction of the mill. On 3 February 1862 the son of the miller was killed when he became entangled in the machinery. The mill was working by wind until 1907 and then by steam until 1922. Frank Brangwyn, RA painted the mill when it was without sails and fantail. The picture appears in an early book on windmills. In 1927 the mill was converted into residential accommodation, being reduced in height to three storeys.
As built, Pratt's Mill was a five-storey brick tower mill clad in peg tiles. It had four Patent sails and the Kentish-style cap was winded by a fantail. All that remains today is the lower three storeys of the tower, with various additions and extensions. Hemming states that the mill may have driven three pairs of millstones.
- Richard Pratt 1861
- Samuel Pratt 1881 - 1891
- "Old Crowborough Windmill". The Weald. Retrieved 2008-05-14.
- Preston, Hayter and Brangwyn, Frank (1923). Windmills. London: The Bodley Head Limited. pp. p109–112.
- Brunnarius, Martin (1979). The Windmills of Sussex. Chichester: Philimore. pp. p130, 196. ISBN 0-85033-345-8.
- Windmills in Sussex, p105-106
- "Crowborough Tower Mill". The Weald. Retrieved 2008-05-14.
- Photograph of mill 1890
- Postcard of mill 1905
- Another postcard c.1905
- Mill and pond 1912
- Painting by Frank Brangwyn 1923
Hemming, Peter (1936). Windmills in Sussex. London: C W Daniel. Online version