Hurt Wood Mill, Ewhurst

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Ewhurst Windmill
Ewhurst mill.jpg
The converted mill in 2003, note the clockwise sails
Mill name Hurt Wood Mill
Grid reference TQ 078 427
Coordinates 51°10′23″N 0°27′32″W / 51.173°N 0.459°W / 51.173; -0.459Coordinates: 51°10′23″N 0°27′32″W / 51.173°N 0.459°W / 51.173; -0.459
Operator(s) Private
Year built 1845
Purpose Corn mill
Type Tower mill
Storeys Four storeys
No. of sails Four sails
Type of sails Patent sails
Windshaft Cast iron
Winding Fantail

Hurt Wood Mill is a grade II* listed[1] tower mill at Ewhurst, Surrey, England which has been converted to residential use.


Hurt Wood Mill was built in the 1845, replacing a post mill that had been blown down. The post mill was standing in 1648. The mill worked by wind until c1885 and the sails and fantail were removed shortly afterwards. The mill was house converted at some point, with two new sails being fitted in 1914. In 1937 four new sails and two new stocks were fitted by Neve's, the Heathfield millwrights.[2]


Hurt Wood Mill is a four storey brick tower mill with an ogee cap. It had four Patent sails carried on a cast iron windshaft. The cap was winded by a fantail. The clasp arm Brake Wheel is wooden. When the mill was a working mill, it had sails that rotated anticlockwise, but those fitted in 1937 would have rotated clockwise had they been a working set.[2] The sails carried today are clockwise sails and the fantail is missing.


  • Richard Evelyn - 1648 (post mill)
  • George Hard and Daniel Randell 1705
  • John Twist 1718
  • Edward Bennet 1730s
  • William Bray and William Lassam 1748
  • Jacob Lassam
  • Mary White 1843
  • David Lassam 1845 (tower mill)
  • H Joyes 1855

References for above:-[2]

Culture and media[edit]

Hurt Wood Mill appears on the crest of a hill in the painting "Harvest Time" by George Vicat Cole (1833–1893), which is now in Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.[3] It also appeared in an episode of The Tomorrow People titled The Doomsday Men.[4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "EWHURST WINDMILL, THE WARREN, EWHURST, WAVERLEY, SURREY". English Heritage. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 
  2. ^ a b c Farries, Kenneth G; Mason, Martin T (1966). The Windmills of Surrey and Inner London. London: Charles Skilton. pp. 102–104. 
  3. ^ "Harvest Time". Bristol City Council. Archived from the original on 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 
  4. ^ "TP Filming and Other Locations - Main Pages - Original Series (Page 3) - Locations in Surrey". Geocities. Archived from the original on 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2008-05-19.