Edenbridge Windmill

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Edenbridge Windmill
Edenbridge 1917.jpg
Postcard,1917
Origin
Mill name Edenbridge Mill
Grid reference TQ 444 457
Year built 1815
Information
Purpose Corn mill
Type Tower mill
Storeys Five storeys
No. of sails Four
Winding Fantail

Edenbridge Mill is a Grade II listed[1] house converted tower mill in Edenbridge, Kent, England. It is on the west side of Mill Hill, just north of the hospital.

History[edit]

The mill in the 1920s

Edenbridge Mill was built in 1815.[2] A mill was marked on the 1858-72 and 1903-10 Ordnance Survey maps.[3] There is a stone inscribed 1812 A Friend. there is a red brick just above the large window on the first floor with 1812 also inscribed

William Ashby, the Westerham millwright worked on the mill in October 1825, fitting a new neck bearing of the windshaft, and did some repairs to the sails in January 1826. The cap was removed in 1937 and replaced by a flat roof.[4]

Description[edit]

For a description of the machinery, see Mill machinery.

Edenbridge Mill is a five storey brick tower mill with a domed cap. It had four sails carried on a cast iron windshaft. The mill was winded by a fantail. The mill retains the Wallower, upright shaft and iron Great Spur Wheel, which drove the millstones overdrift.[3] Old photographs show that there was a stage at first floor level.

During the Second World War an air-raid shelter was built on the ground floor.[citation needed]

The property was sold in 1990 to a developer who over a nine-year period converted the building to residential use, making only minor changes to the outside. Two small windows, both on the third floor, were made larger. The air raid shelter was removed. The external staircase shown in earlier photographs was replaced with a staircase of a gradient compliant with building regulations.[citation needed]

Millers[edit]

  • Edward Bridger 1825 - 1839
  • H Sisley 1844
  • James Mellish 1845 - 1849
  • Stanford - 1854
  • Moses Brooks 1864 - 1874
  • James Mellish & Son - 1886

References for above:-[4][5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "STUMP OF THE OLD WINDMILL, HIGH STREET (west side) EDENBRIDGE, SEVENOAKS, KENT". English Heritage. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  2. ^ Cumming, Rob (2014). The Windmills of North West Kent and Kentish London (and the men who built them). Catrine: Stenlake Publishing. p. 47. ISBN 9781840336634. 
  3. ^ a b Coles Finch, William (1933). Watermills and Windmills. London: C W Daniel Company. p. 199. 
  4. ^ a b West, Jenny (1973). The Windmills of Kent. London: Charles Skilton Ltd. pp. 41–44. ISBN 0-284-98534-1. 
  5. ^ "Directory of Kent Mill People". The Mills Archive Trust. Archived from the original on 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 

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Coordinates: 51°11′24″N 0°3′59.5″E / 51.19000°N 0.066528°E / 51.19000; 0.066528