New life for New Mill Cross in Hand, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 0TA, UK
Posted on February 4, 2016 / 668
Site Type : Campaign
Category : Post Mill, Wind Mill
Industry : Agricultural
Power Type : Wind

New Mill is a Grade II listed post mill at Cross-in-Hand, near Heathfield, East Sussex.

It was the last windmill working commercially (by wind) in Sussex, ceasing in 1969.

Originally built for a site elsewhere in the early 1800s, New Mill was moved twice to reach its current site! It arrived here (as New Mill) in 1868 by Samuel Medhurst. It joined an older mill on this site.

New Mill is a post mill on a two-storey roundhouse. It has four patent sails carried on a cast iron windshaft and was winded by a tailpole-mounted fantail. After moderations over the years ended up with 3 pairs of millstones.

New Mill used to grind corn. It is now perilously close to collapse!

Following inspection by a millwright in 2015, a crowdfunding appeal was launched to raise £3,000 for emergency repairs to the trestle.

Can you help to preserve, what is considered by many to be, one of the finest examples of an English Post Mill?

There is a Facebook group set up to discuss the best course of action to raise the funds to save the much-loved windmill – join HERE!


Mill Lane/Lewes Rd, Heathfield TN21 0TA.

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