Somerley Mill, Earnley

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Earnley Windmill
Somerley mill.jpg
The mill in 2005
Mill nameSomerley Mill
Mill locationSZ 817 983
Coordinates50°46′44″N 0°50′35″W / 50.779°N 0.843°W / 50.779; -0.843Coordinates: 50°46′44″N 0°50′35″W / 50.779°N 0.843°W / 50.779; -0.843
Year builtc1803
PurposeCorn mill
TypeSmock mill
StoreysThree-storey smock
Base storeysSingle-storey base
Smock sidesEight sides
No. of sailsFour sails
Type of sailsTwo Spring sails and two Common sails
Auxiliary powerEngine
No. of pairs of millstonesTwo pairs, a third pair driven by engine

Somerley Mill is a grade II listed[1] smock mill at Earnley, Sussex, England, which is under restoration.


Somerley Mill, was first mentioned in 1803. It was raised in 1827, with a brick base being built under the mill. It was working until 1942.[2] Currently, only the tower stands, the cap having been removed and a temporary roof placed over the top of the smock.


Somerley Mill is a three-storey smock mill on a single-storey brick base. It had a Beehive cap and was winded by a fantail. When working it had two Common sails and two Spring sails. The mill drove two pairs of overdrift millstones, with a third pair worked by engine.[2]


  • Ellis - 1942

References for above:-[2]


  1. ^ Historic England. "EARNLEY WINDMILL, BELL LANE, EARNLEY, CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX (1278187)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2008-05-10.
  2. ^ a b c Brunnarius, Martin (1979). The Windmills of Sussex. Chichester: Philimore. pp. 59–60, 190. ISBN 0-85033-345-8.

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External links[edit]

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