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Visited by the Mayor
The Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Denise Cobb visited the West Blatchington Windmill Summer Fete this week. The West Blatchington mill is a ‘smock’ windmill. This design of wooden tower mills was so named because they resembled the smock frocks worn by the millers of the period. The windmill is of special interest as it has six sides, as opposed to the eight sided design of more traditional mills.
Dating from the 1820’s, the mill ceased working around 1900 and is now restored as a Grade II listed building. The mill still has all the original mill workings in place. Visitors can discover how grain is turned into flour in a traditional smock windmill, and also explore a fascinating display of historical and agricultural exhibits. The windmill was famously painted by John Constable in 1825.
If you would like to pay a visit, the mill is open on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 2.30-5.00pm from May to September inclusive.