Bembridge Windmill

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Bembridge Windmill
Bembridge Windmill - Isle of Wight.jpg
Bembridge Windmill
Mill name Knowle Mill
Grid reference SZ 6398 8747
Coordinates 50°41′00″N 1°05′45″W / 50.68341°N 1.09578°W / 50.68341; -1.09578Coordinates: 50°41′00″N 1°05′45″W / 50.68341°N 1.09578°W / 50.68341; -1.09578
Operator(s) National Trust
Year built c1700
Purpose Corn mill
Type Tower mill
Storeys Four storeys
No. of sails Four sails
Type of sails Common sails
Winding Hand winded by chain and wheel
No. of pairs of millstones Two pairs
Other information The only remaining windmill on the Isle of Wight

Knowle Mill, better known today as Bembridge Windmill, is a Grade I listed,[1] preserved tower mill at Bembridge, Isle of Wight, England.


Bembridge Mill was built c. 1700. It was painted by Turner in 1795. The mill was working by wind until 1913, having only been used for grinding animal feed after 1897.[1] The mill was restored in 1935 and again in 1959, the latter restoration being funded by public subscription.[2] In 1962 the mill was taken over by the National Trust. It has been restored and is open to the public.[1]


Bembridge Mill is a four-storey tower mill with a boat-shaped cap, which is winded by chain and wheel. It has four Common sails. The two pairs of millstones are driven underdrift.[3]

Public access[edit]

Bembridge Windmill is open to the public between March and November, from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm daily. For more information please visit the National trust website.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "BEMBRIDGE WINDMILL, BEMBRIDGE, ISLE OF WIGHT, ISLE OF WIGHT". English Heritage. Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "BEMBRIDGE WINDMILL". English Heritage. Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Ellis, Monica (editor) (1978). Water and Wind Mills in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Southampton: Southampton University Industrial Archaeology Group. p. 60. ISBN 0-905280-01-6. 
  4. ^ "Opening hours". National Trust. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 

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