Here are two views of this beautifully kept windmill in suburban Brighton. She is a close neighbour of St Peter's Church. Built circa 1820, the earliest pictorial record of the mill is a pen and ink sketch by John Constable dated 5th November 1825.
The hexagonal smock mill sits on top of a number of buildings that now house a museum of milling and farming. Built of timber, she last worked in 1900, although has since been restored and still contains her original machinery.
The mill is now a grade II listed building and is open to the public. Such mills are normally eight sided, however West Blatchington is only six sided and in this respect is unique.
I have been provided with information about various Sussex windmills from Simon Potter who runs a brilliant site about Sussex Mills.
More information on this and other wind and water mills may be found on the excellent Windmill World site.
Check out my other windmill photographs in my Windmill Album.
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Photographs © Mark Collins 2006
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