Beacon Mill, Rottingdean
The mill in 2010
|Mill name||Beacon Mill|
|Operator(s)||Rottingdean Preservation Society|
|Base storeys||Single-storey base|
|Smock sides||Eight sides|
|No. of sails||Four sails|
|Type of sails||Patent sails|
Beacon Mill, was built in 1802. There are records of an earlier mill on the site, thought to have been a post mill. During the digging of the foundations, a human skeleton was found. The mill was working until 1881 and by 1890 was in such bad condition that demolition was considered. In 1905, the Marquis of Abergavenny had the mill repaired, but she was derelict again by the early 1920s. It was 1935 before she was restored again, the millwrighting being done by Neve's of Heathfield and new sails were made by Holman's, the Canterbury millwrights. In 1969, the mill was leaning to the north east, and Hole's, the Burgess Hill millwrights erected a steel frame inside the smock to support the mill, and fitted new sails. The steel framing was extended into the cap in 1974
- Thomas Beard 1802 – owner
- George Nicholls 1877 – 1881
References for above:-
Culture and Media
The Rottingdean windmill was the inspiration for the trademark (logo) for the publishing house of Heinemann. It was designed by Sir William Nicholson, a Rottingdean resident, and on older Heinemann hardbacks you will see it engraved on the back board of the book. Although Rottingdean Mill was Nicholson's inspiration, he actually traced an older Dutch post-mill as his final design. Updated versions of the windmill are still used for Heinemann publications.
Beacon Mill is open to the public from 14:00 to 16:30 on both days of National Mills Weekend, and on the third Sunday of each month from May to September.
- Historic England. "ROTTINGDEAN WINDMILL AT NGR 365 024, NEVILL ROAD (north off), BRIGHTON, BRIGHTON AND HOVE, EAST SUSSEX (1380100)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
- The Story of the Rottingdean Windmill. Rottingdean: The Rottingdean Preservation Society. 1977. pp. (leaflet).
- Brunnarius, Martin (1979). The Windmills of Sussex. Chichester: Philimore. pp. 63–64, 190. ISBN 0-85033-345-8.
- "Rottingdean windmill on album cover". Windmill World. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
- "Rottingdean Windmill". Sussex Mills Group. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
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- Windmill World Page on Beacon windmill.
- Rottingdean smock mill, photo gallery
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Hemming, Peter (1936). Windmills in Sussex. London: C W Daniel. Online version