Ovenden's Mill, Polegate

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Polegate Windmill
Polegate mill.jpg
The mill in 1997
Mill name Ovenden's Mill
Mockett's Mill
Mill location TQ 582 041
Coordinates 50°48′54″N 0°14′38″E / 50.815°N 0.244°E / 50.815; 0.244Coordinates: 50°48′54″N 0°14′38″E / 50.815°N 0.244°E / 50.815; 0.244
Operator(s) Private
Year built 1817
Purpose Corn mill
Type Tower mill
Storeys Four storeys
No. of sails Four sails
Type of sails Patent sails
Windshaft Cast iron
Winding Fantail
Fantail blades Six blades
Auxiliary power Engine
No. of pairs of millstones Two pairs, a third pair driven by engine

Ovenden's Mill or Mockett's Mill is a grade II* listed[1] tower mill at Polegate, East Sussex, England which has been restored and is open to the public.


Ovenden's Mill was built in 1817 and was working by wind until 1943.[2] The mill was worked by auxiliary engine, latterly an electric motor, until 1965. By the time the mill stopped working, it was becoming derelict. Eastbourne and District Preservation Trust bought the mill and grounds, and a restoration carried out by E Hole and Sons, the Burgess Hill millwrights. One of the new stocks broke in July 1974, bringing the sail with it. This particular stock was only seven years old. Thompson's, the Alford millwrights fitted a replacement stock and two new sails in May 1976.[3] Further restoration work was undertaken in 2004,[4] including the fitting of a cowl to the adjoining malthouse.[5] Two new sails were fitted in 2009.


Ovenden's Mill is a four storey brick tower mill with a domed cap winded by a fantail. There is a stage at first floor level. It had four Patent sails carried on a cast iron Windshaft. The Brake Wheel is wooden. The mill drove two pairs of overdrift millstones, with a third pair driven underdrift by auxiliary engine.[3] The tower is 45 feet (13.72 m) high to the curb.[2]


  • Joseph Seymour 1817 - 1857
  • Mathias Mockett 1857 -
  • George Thomas
  • Ephraim Ovenden 1918 -
  • Albert Ovenden - 1965

References for above:-[3]

Further reading[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MOCKETT'S MILL, PARK CROFT, POLEGATE, WEALDEN, EAST SUSSEX". English Heritage. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Polegate Windmill". All About Sussex. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  3. ^ a b c Brunnarius, Martin (1979). The Windmills of Sussex. Chichester: Philimore. pp. 85–87, 191. ISBN 0-85033-345-8. 
  4. ^ "Polegate Windmill, East Sussex - 17th October 2004". Roughwood. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  5. ^ "COWL SET IN PLACE AT OLD MALTHOUSE". Eastbourne Herald. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 

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