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For many the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings has organised National Mills Weekend (formerly "National Mills Day"), a celebration of Britain's milling heritage.

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Wind and water are sustainable power sources, used for hundreds of years in Britain in the production of natural food.

There are currently more than 100 working mills capable of producing natural, stoneground flour and many of these will be open to the public during National Mills Weekend. In addition, over the weekend, a further 300 mills throughout the country will be welcoming visitors.

SPAB's Windmill Committee was formed in 1931 in response to an alarming decline in the numbers of the country's windmills. Later it included watermills within its interests, and it "encouraged the art of country milling". Still active today the SPAB is the only national amenity society dedicated to the protection of our milling heritage.

Some working mills are more than 300 years old yet still efficiently doing the job in the 21st century that they were built and designed for.

National Mills Weekend 2017 will be held on
Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th May.

Some mills work as commercial businesses, while others are run by enthusiastic volunteers. Fifty years ago, the windmills and watermills of this country were thought to be in terminal decline, but now there has been a renaissance in these wonderful reminders of our past.

 

In Sussex, windmills and watermills have not only produced meal flour, but have made gunpowder as those at Battle, or pumped water like the Coultershaw Beam Pump that once pumped water into Petworth.

Many watermills in Sussex produced a variety of products such as linseed oil, cattle cake, oil dressed leather and drove fulling stocks for fulling wool.

Today in Sussex, most of those that have survived are those that produced meal flour.

The theme for 2017 is Engineers and Engineering - a way of celebrating the engineers and millwrights who built the local mills and their machinery, and the millwrights of today who continue this ancient craft.

Morris dancers Stone Cross Windmill
Morris dancers at Stone Cross Windmill
Photo by David Jones
 
Open Day at Nutley Windmill :  Photo by Nick Linazasoro
Open Day at Nutley Windmill : Photo by Nick Linazasoro

Details of Sussex Mills that planned to open to visitors
on National Mills Weekend 2016 appear below.

Mill owners are invited to contact us with details of their mill

MILL DAY OPENING TIMES SPECIAL EVENTS
AND COMMENTS
Michelham Priory Watermill
SAT 12 pm to 3 pm An afternoon on the mill's engineering history to celebrate the chequered history of the mill and celebrate its ever changing character over the last 150 years or so.
There will be a fascinating talk in the Tudor Barn on Saturday and the South Downs Folk Singers are performing on the Sunday.
Plenty of fun children’s activities in the barn both days.
Delicious scones and bread will be available in the café made with Michelham flour (subject to flour availability).
Nutley Windmill
SAT 10.30 am to 5.30 pm  
 

 

 
MILL DAY OPENING TIMES SPECIAL EVENTS
AND COMMENTS
Chailey Windmill
SUN 3 pm to 5 pm Downlands Radio amateur enthusiasts will be broadcasting from the mill all day on Saturday 13th and on the morning of Sunday 14th but the mill itself will only be open to visitors on Sunday afternoon
Cobbs Mill
SUN 10 am to 4 pm Tangye engine will be running
Michelham Priory Watermill
SUN 12 pm to 3 pm The South Downs Folk Singers are performing on the Sunday.
Plenty of fun children’s activities in the barn.
Delicious scones and bread will be available in the café made with Michelham flour (subject to flour availability).
Nutley Windmill
SUN 10.30 am to 5.30 pm  
Oldland Windmill
SUN 2 pm to 5 pm Teas and refreshments
West Blatchington Windmill
SUN 11 am to 5 pm  

The website of G4CDD Denby Dale Radio Club has details of Amateur Radio Stations broadcasting from Mills on National Mills weekend.

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For further information, please visit the SPAB Mills Section website.

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