King's Head Mill, Battle

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Battle Windmill
Battle windmill.jpg
The mill in 2007
Mill name Kings Head Mill
Caldbec Hill Mill
Grid reference TQ 748 166
Coordinates 50°55′19″N 0°29′10″E / 50.922°N 0.486°E / 50.922; 0.486Coordinates: 50°55′19″N 0°29′10″E / 50.922°N 0.486°E / 50.922; 0.486
Operator(s) Private
Year built 1805
Purpose Corn mill
Type Smock mill
Storeys Four-storey smock
Base storeys Single-storey base
Smock sides Eight sides
No. of sails Four sails
Windshaft Cast iron
Winding Fantail
Fantail blades Six blades
No. of pairs of millstones Three pairs

King's Head Mill or Caldbec Hill Mill is a grade II listed[1] smock mill at Battle, Sussex, England, which has been converted to residential accommodation.


King's Head Mill was built in 1805, replacing a post mill. The mill was working until the First World War and in 1924 was stripped of its machinery and house converted. The work was done by Neve's, the Heathfield millwrights.[2]


For an explanation of the various pieces of machinery, see Mill machinery.

King's Head Mill is a four-storey smock mill on a single-storey brick base. It has a Kentish-style cap winded by a fantail. When working it had four shuttered sails carried on a cast-iron windshaft, driving three pairs of millstones. The current windshaft is a dummy, added when the mill was converted. The original windshaft is displayed at Polegate windmill.[2]


  • William Neve 1805 - 1839
  • Porter 1839 - 1860
  • Henry Harmer

1911-1914 freeman

  • Jenner - WWI

References for above:-[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "THE OLD MILL, WHATLINGTON ROAD, BATTLE, ROTHER, EAST SUSSEX". English Heritage. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  2. ^ a b c Brunnarius, Martin (1979). The Windmills of Sussex. Chichester: Philimore. pp. 56–57, 189. ISBN 0-85033-345-8. 

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Further reading[edit]

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