also known as New Mill
|Willesbourough, Ashford, Kent
Octagonal white smock mill.
Located near to Hythe Road and visible from the M20 motorway near Junction
10. One of the largest smock mills in the South of
England, now fully restored.
Built in 1869 by J Hill, the Ashford millwright, on to a two storey red brick
base with attached miller's cottage.
The mills four Sails, or "Sweeps" as they are known, finally stopped
turning in the late 1930's when the mill could no longer compete with the local
roller flour mills. Using only the electric auxiliary power the mill changed
over to producing animal feed, grinding peas and beans, and crushing oats and
maize. Some flour was produced using a smaller set of stones driven off a lay
shaft. It was bought, in a very dilapidated state, and fully restored in 1991
by Ashford Borough Council. In 2006 the mill was awarded a Heritage Lottery
Grant which has enabled the replacement of the sweeps in the summer of 2007. The
windmill is now fully operational and able to mill flour using wind or the small
engine. There is more history on its website.
The mill makes its own stoneground wholemeal bread flour, turning one set of
stones with the power of a Hornsby 14hp engine. The mill, with its neighbouring
barn, is licensed for Weddings, Christenings (Civil ceremonies) and many other
meetings and functions.
Norman Cycles was a bicycle, autocycle, moped, and motorcycle manufacturer
based in Ashford, and the mills barn complex houses the Norman Museum, where
they have some mopeds and bicycles on display. The Norman Cycles Club is based
at the Windmill.
There are very few good photos of this windmill, so it may
be difficult to get. The best image I have seen is on the Millers tales
website, see link below.
The image above is probably
from the play area off Comes Close, see below.
Visitors can enjoy guided tours of the Mill,
Victorian Cottage and engine room (Hornsby 14hp gas-oil engine), visit the Barn
for tea and homemade cake, with displays of Norman cycles, photographs and many
working model mills. Children are welcome and can make their own flour on quern
stones. Special Events include Victorian Weekend, Abseiling Teddy Bears, Shire
Horses, Opera Evenings.
Further information Grid
Willesborough Windmill, Willesbourough, Ashford, Kent
East of Ashford, Off A292 (Hythe Rd) into mill
lane at end on right. This is just to the west of where the A292
allows access to the M20 at Junction 10.
Off the M20 at
junction 10, turn towards Ashford on A292. R at traffic lights then 1st L
into Cornes Close. Car park is at end.
From above or try taking next road east, Lees
Road, then left into cornes close, there is what appears to be a play area that
goes right up to the windmill.
Place open for weddings
etc on same site so presumably no parking problems.
Things To Do,
See and Photograph:
What to take:
The Mill complex is
open from April to the end of September on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank
Holiday Mondays from 2.00 to 5.00pm
plus (July and August Only) Wednesdays 2.00pm
Parties at other
times by arrangement.
None from public right of ways.
Special Needs Access:
Wheelchair visitors have access to the ground
floor where there are old photos, a scale model of the mill, and a large
model of Winchelsea post mill.
Special Needs Facilities:
Unlikely as food is made
CIN Page Ref:
Date Updated: 04/2008
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