Killick's Mill, Meopham

Coordinates: 51°21′43″N 0°21′12.5″E / 51.36194°N 0.353472°E / 51.36194; 0.353472
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Killick's Mill, Meopham
Grid referenceTQ 6394 6518
Coordinates51°21′43″N 0°21′12.5″E / 51.36194°N 0.353472°E / 51.36194; 0.353472
Operator(s)Kent County Council
Year built1801
PurposeCorn mill
TypeSmock mill
StoreysThree-storey smock
Base storeysTwo-storey base
Smock sidesSix-sided
No. of sailsFour
Type of sailsDouble Patent sails
WindshaftCast iron
Fantail bladesSix blades
Auxiliary powerOil engine
No. of pairs of millstonesFour pairs

Killick's Mill is a Grade II* listed[1] smock mill in Meopham, Kent, England that was built in 1801 and which has been restored.


Killick's mill was built in 1801 by three brothers named Killick from Strood.[2] Unusually, the mill is hexagonal in plan. Most smock mills are octagonal in plan.[3] The mill was run by the Killick family until 1889 when it was sold to the Norton family.[2] The mill last worked by wind in 1929, and then by oil engine and electric motor until the 1965.[4] The mill was acquired by Kent County Council in 1960 and restored by E Hole and Sons, the Burgess Hill millwrights at a cost of £4,375.[5]


Cross-section through mill

Killick's Mill is a three-storey smock mill on a two-storey single-storey brick base. There is a stage at second-floor level. It has four double patent sails carried on a cast-iron windshaft. The sails are 27 feet (8.23 m) long.[5] The mill is winded by a fantail.[2] The wooden Brake Wheel is 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) diameter. The Wallower and Great Spur Wheel are of cast iron.[3] When the mill was built, it had two pairs of millstones. Later a third and then a fourth pair were added. One of the added pair of stones came from Richardson's mill, Boughton under Blean, as did the 15 horsepower (11 kW) auxiliary oil engine.[2] The stones are driven overdrift.[3] At one time, the mill generated its own electricity to power electric lights within the mill.[2]


  • James Killick 1801 - 1823
  • Sukey Killick 1823 -
  • James Killick 1852 - 1889
  • Richard Killick 1882 - 1889
  • Thomas Killick 1882 - 1889
  • John Norton 1889 -
  • William Norton 1889 -
  • Leslie Norton
  • J & W Norton 1895 - 1950s
  • J & W Norton (Meopham) Ltd. 1950s - 1965

References for above:-[2][3][5][6][7]

Culture and media[edit]

Killick's Mill appeared briefly in stock footage used in an episode of The Prisoner titled The Girl Who Was Death which was filmed in 1967 and first shown in 1968.[8]


  1. ^ Historic England. "MEOPHAM WINDMILL, WROTHAM ROAD (west side), MEOPHAM, GRAVESHAM, KENT (1054722)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 April 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Coles Finch, William (1933). Watermills and Windmills. London: C W Daniel Company. pp. 243–44.
  3. ^ a b c d West, Jenny (1973). The Windmills of Kent. London: Charles Skilton Ltd. pp. 57–59. ISBN 0284-98534-1.
  4. ^ "Meopham Windmill". Meopham Parish Council. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2008.
  5. ^ a b c Brown, R J (1976). Windmills of England. London: Robert Hale. pp. 104–05. ISBN 0-7091-5641-3.
  6. ^ "Directory of Kent Mill People". The Mills Archive Trust. Archived from the original on 16 April 2009. Retrieved 17 April 2008.
  7. ^ Carley, John M (1971). The Story of Meopham Mill. Meopham: Meopham Publications Committee. pp. 12–13.
  8. ^ "Windmills and Watermills as stars of TV and film". Windmill World. Retrieved 19 July 2008.

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