Copton Pumping Windmill

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Copton Windmill
Grid reference TR 014 596
Coordinates 51°17′58″N 0°53′10″E / 51.29944°N 0.88611°E / 51.29944; 0.88611Coordinates: 51°17′58″N 0°53′10″E / 51.29944°N 0.88611°E / 51.29944; 0.88611
Operator(s) Faversham Water Company
Year built 1863
Purpose Water pumping
Type Tower mill
Storeys Three storeys
No. of sails Four
Type of sails Patent sails
Windshaft Cast iron
Winding Fantail
Fantail blades Six blades
Type of pump Plunger

Copton Mill is a tower mill in Copton, Faversham, Kent, England that was built in 1863[1] to pump water for Faversham Water Company's waterworks.[2] It is just south of junction 6 of the M2 motorway.


Copton Mill was built by the millwrights Spray and Harmer in 1863.[1] 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.[1]



Copton Mill is a three-storey brick tower mill which formerly had a Kentish-style cap. It had four patent sails[2] 37 feet (11.28 m) long and 5 feet (1.52 m) wide[3] 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.[2] An oil engine was used as auxiliary power.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c West, Jenny (1973). The Windmills of Kent. London: Charles Skilton Ltd. p. 91. ISBN 0-284-98534-1. 
  2. ^ a b c Coles Finch, William (1933). Watermills and Windmills. London: C W Daniel Company. p. 203. 
  3. ^ a b Bygone Kent. Rainham: Meresborough Books. 3 (11): 670–675. November 1981.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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