Gibbet Mill, Rye

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Rye Windmill
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Gibbet Mill from an old postcard, artist - Walter Hayward-Young (above) and the mill in 2009 (below)
Mill nameGibbet Mill
Tillingham Mill
Barry's Mill
New Mill
Mill locationTQ 917 203
Coordinates50°57′00″N 0°43′41″E / 50.950°N 0.728°E / 50.950; 0.728Coordinates: 50°57′00″N 0°43′41″E / 50.950°N 0.728°E / 50.950; 0.728
Year built1824
PurposeCorn mill
TypeSmock mill
StoreysFour-storey smock
Base storeysSingle-storey base
Smock sidesEight sides
No. of sailsFour sails
Type of sailsSpring sails
WindshaftCast iron
Fantail bladesEight blades
No. of pairs of millstonesThree pairs
Year lost1932
Other informationReplica body constructed on original base.

Gibbet Mill, Tillingham Mill, Barry's Mill or New Mill is a grade II listed[1] cosmetically reconstructed smock mill at Rye, East Sussex, England. Today it serves as bed and breakfast accommodation.


A mill has stood on this site since 1596, and a post mill is known to have been built here in 1758.[2] Gibbet Mill was built in 1824, the name Barry's mill coming from an early miller.[3] The mill was working by wind until 1912, and was used as a bakery until 13 June 1930 when it was burnt down.[2] The new mill was erected in 1932, Neve's of Heathfield being responsible for the millwrighting work.[3]


As built, Gibbett Mill was a four-storey smock mill on a single-storey brick base, with a stage at first-floor level. In 1844 she had four Patent sails but latterly was worked with four Spring sails. These were carried in a cast-iron Windshaft. The cap was in the Kentish style, winded by a fantail. The mill drove three pairs of millstones.[3]

The replica mill bears very little resemblance to an actual working windmill. It has a shorter smock, making the mill appear squatter than the original. The cap is exaggerated in height and is not designed to turn into the wind. Replica sails and fantail are carried.[3] The reconstructed stage is wider than the original.


  • Frederick Barry 1824 - 1844
  • John Smith 1848 - 1879
  • Gorge Standed 1882 - 1899
  • Webb 1917

References for above:-[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "RYE WINDMILL, FERRY ROAD (south side), RYE, ROTHER, EAST SUSSEX". English Heritage. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  2. ^ a b "History of the Windmill Rye, East Sussex". Rye Windmill. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d e Brunnarius, Martin (1979). The Windmills of Sussex. Chichester: Philimore. pp. 65–66, 190. ISBN 0-85033-345-8.

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Further reading[edit]

Hemming, Peter (1936). Windmills in Sussex. London: C W Daniel. Online version