Talk:High Salvington Windmill
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- Go for it! As it stands, the article needs wikifying, references added etc. MortimerCat (talk) 07:51, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Sadly for the High Salvington Mill Trust, there are many publications that could be cited, but they tend to be old, currently unavailable, produced by publishers that no longer exist, and contain stories of dubious worth that have spread like wild-fire. It is to refute some of these stories that I have created the Mythology section. Some of our members are currently writing books which will eventually be published, and then we may have some documents to cite to counter the existing body of work. Until then, we have a body of text inspired by the salesmanship of early 20th century proprietors who were more interested in earning a living from tourists than producing an accurate history of the mill.
This problem is exacerbated by the informal reports passed down to us of the shoddy post WWII exercise to collect data on surviving monuments that has littered official records with errors. Thus, the National Monuments Record and our official Listed Building listing both contain factual errors.
I have facsimiles of some of the publications that gave rise to some of these myths, and collectively we have photographs and documents that counter others, but we have yet to start cataloguing these and I am constrained by some of our members who want me to hold off publishing information until they have finished writing their "definitive" histories and technologies of the Mill, and in other cases, where I would like to publish, I am struggling to identify the copyright holders in order to request their permission.
We are in the process of establishing a history/museum team within the Trust, and over the next few years we will be better placed to authenticate or refute various claims that have been made about the mill. J. Best. Secretary, High Salvington Mill Trust
Unique or Rare Features
The literature used for training guides at this windmill suggests that the surviving compass-spoke tail wheel is of a rare design (they were not very strong and were superseded by clasp-arm designs) and that the existence of two sack hoists is also an unusual feature. The restored Glynde wind pump is probably only one of two restored wind pumps in West Sussex, and when restoration is completed in 2009 it will be the only fully working restored wind pump in the county. My understanding is that, although the sails turn on the Pevensey wind pump, now sited at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, it no longer pumps water. A refitted water pump is in the process of being installed so that the Glynde wind pump will be able to pump water. We suspect that the original may still be in the ground by the railway line at Glynde, having (we think) located its original site by the derelict engine shed and found cut-off pipework sunk into the ground. An archaeological dig is really needed at the original site to try and ascertain what, if any, remains of the original pump and pipework remain. I think this merits a mention, but I need to track down references for the assertions in the guide literature. Can anyone help? —Preceding unsigned comment added by JeffreyTBest (talk • contribs) 11:57, 29 July 2009 (UTC)
Glynde Wind Pump
I have just spoken to Andrew Norman, who rescued the rotting remains of the pump from its original location by the railway line in Glynde. He does not think that the pump had anything to do with the Telpher system, but instead, thinks it was used to raise water, from a cutting parallel to a series of three lime kilns, in order to slake the lime. He is visiting High Salvington Windmill to view the fully restored wind pump on 1st November and we shall try to assemble the documents to see if we can confirm or refute the Telpherage link. JeffreyTBest (talk) 20:26, 21 October 2009 (UTC)