Plumstead Common Windmill

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Plumstead Common Windmill
Plumstead Common 1820.jpg
Drawing dated 1820
Grid reference TQ 4480 7791
Coordinates 51°28′54″N 0°05′02″E / 51.4817°N 0.0840°E / 51.4817; 0.0840Coordinates: 51°28′54″N 0°05′02″E / 51.4817°N 0.0840°E / 51.4817; 0.0840
Year built Early nineteenth century
Purpose Corn mill
Type Tower mill
Storeys Four storeys
Number of sails Four
Type of sails Common sails
Winding Hand winded

Plumstead Common Windmill is a tower mill in Plumstead Common, in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, in south London.


Plumstead Common Windmill was marked on the 1819-43 Ordnance Survey map. In 1827, there was an accident at the mill when so many people crowded onto the stage to watch a sham fight that it gave way, injuring a number of them. In 1848, the mill was converted into a brewhouse, having been disused for a number of years previously.[1] The tower remains today, as part of the Old Mill pub.


The old mill today
For a description of the machinery, see Mill machinery.

Plumstead Common Mill has a four storey brick tower. It had four common sails. There was a stage at first floor level. The mill had a domed cap and was winded by hand.[1]


  • Longmore 1827
  • Clements

References for above:-[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b c Coles Finch, William (1933). Watermills and Windmills. London: C W Daniel Company. p. 229. 
  2. ^ "Directory of Kent Mill People". The Mills Archive Trust. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 

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