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Monday, 06 March 2006
Is it just fantasy?

Outwood Mill

This is Outwood Mill in Outwood, Surrey.  It is Britain?s oldest working windmill, having been built in 1665 by Thomas Budgen of nearby Nutfield.  The type of mill is called a post mill because the whole body of the mill (weighing about 25 tons) rotates on a central post (in this case made of an enormous oak tree) so that the sails can face the wind.

The mill is 39 feet high, while the sails are 60 feet across.  In new money that is 12 metres and 18 metres respectively.  The mill has two floors, with the top floor housing the mill stones and the bottom floor where the bins that catch the flour reside. 

The mill is still used to produce flour but this is only sold to visitors to the mill. Opening hours are on Sunday afternoons between 2 and 6 pm, from Easter to October (and at other times by appointment - it is popular for school outings).  English Heritage have listed the mill as a Grade 1 building and it has won awards over the years and has appeared in a number of television programmes.  You can see the windmill on Google Earth at N 51° 11.607 W 000° 06.099, although the quality of the view is not very good at this stage.

As always Surrey Choicenet has a good page for visitors to Outwood Mill.  I wonder if the mill is still for sale.

Posted by bigblue on 06/03/2006 at 09:59 PM
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