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© Mr Geoffrey Farrow

IoE Number: 296432
Location: NUTLEY WINDMILL,
  MARESFIELD, WEALDEN, EAST SUSSEX
Photographer: Mr Geoffrey Farrow
Date Photographed: 09 April 2004
Date listed: 18 April 1973
Date of last amendment: 18 April 1973
Grade II*

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In the entry for: TQ 42 NE MARESFIELD NUTLEY 19/706 Nutley Windmill 18.4.73 II The entry shall be amended to read: TQ 42 NE MARESFIELD Nutley Windmill 19/706 II* 18.4.73 Open truss post mill. Fabric dates from C17, possible c1680 with C18 frame to the superstructure, with alterations of c1880 and post 1970 renovations. It is thought that this windmill was moved from another site as it is not shown in maps earlier than 1840. This may have been Kilndown in Kent where a similar windmill disappeared some time between 1710 and 1760. The grandson of the original miller at Nutley, Henry Setford, who was there in 1836, reported that Nutley Mill had been moved from Crowborough to its present site by his Grandfather. Original C17 post, square with 5 inch chamfers, remains but the cross tress and quarter bars were replaced c1970 and the tailpole dates from c1880. The side of the steps is at least C19 in date, but the treads were renewed c1970. The weatherboarding to the superstructure was renewed after 1970. The windshaft dates from 1880 but the sails had to be renewed c1970 and at the time of survey showed 2 of the earlier type of 'common' sails and 2 of the c1880 shutter sails for demonstration purposes. Internally the framing of the superstructure appears C18 in origin as the original corner post is jowled with a typical curved profile and the frame has chamfered diagonal braces. Most of the rest of the wall frame has been renewed after 1970 to an identical pattern in oak but the curved rafters with no ridgepiece appear C18. The floorboards have been renewed but the floor joists underneath the structure appear original. The sack hoist is original and could be C17. One of the brake wheels is very old and could be C17 with C18 alterations the other is possible C18. There are a pair of Peak millstones, the rest are French burrs. This is the only working open truss post mill in the country at time of survey. Only 4 other examples of the type survive, Bourn Mill, Great Gransdon and Great Chishill in Cambridgeshire and Chillenden Mill in Kent. ------------------------------------ MARESFIELD NUTLEY 1. 5208 Nutley Windmill TQ 42 NE 19/706 18.4.73 II 2. Post mill, recently restored and put in working order. Faced with weather-boarding and standing on a central post with diagonal struts. Tail pole. Sweeps intact. Occasionally works by wind.

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