Waterhall Mill, Patcham
The mill in 2005
|Mill name||Westdene Mill|
|Mill location||TQ 292 086
|Number of sails||Four sails|
|Type of sails||Spring Patent sails|
|Fantail blades||Five blades|
Waterhall Mill was built in 1885 by James Holloway, the Shoreham millwright. It was the last windmill built in Sussex, and was working until 1924. In World War II it was used by the Home Guard as a lookout post. The mill was converted into a house in 1963, retaining the machinery and externally restored. New sails were erected in 1972 The cap was partly rebuilt and new sails erected following a lightning strike in December 1990.
Waterhall Mill is a four storey brick tower mill with a domed cap winded by a five-bladed fantail. It had four Spring Patent sails carried on a cast iron Windshaft. The iron Brake Wheel is fitted with Holloways screw brake. The mill drove three pairs of underdrift millstones.
The tower is 19 feet (5.79 m) diameter at the base and 13 feet (3.96 m) diameter at the curb, having an overall height to 40 feet (12.19 m) to the curb.
- Joseph Harris 1885 - 1903
- Bull - 1924
References for above:-
- "WESTDENE WINDMILL, MILL ROAD (south side), BRIGHTON, BRIGHTON AND HOVE, EAST SUSSEX". English Heritage. Retrieved 2008-05-13.
- Nairn & Pevsner 1965, p. 459.
- "Patcham mill is £1m home". The Argus (Brighton). 23 February 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
- Brunnarius 1979, pp. 82–85, 191.
- "Waterhall Windmill". Sussex Mills Group. Retrieved 2008-05-13.
- Windmill World Page on Waterhall windmill.
Hemming, Peter (1936). Windmills in Sussex. London: C W Daniel. Online version