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Draper's Mill, Margate

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Grid reference  TR 363 700
Purpose  Corn mill
Storeys  Four-storey smock
Year built  1845
Windshaft  Cast iron
Operator(s)  Kent County Council
Type  Smock mill
Base storeys  Single-storey base
Auxiliary power  Gas engine
Draper's Mill, Margate
Address  St Peter's Footpath, Margate CT9 2SR, UK
Hours  Closed now Monday8:30AM–3:15PMTuesday8:30AM–3:15PMWednesday8:30AM–3:15PMThursday8:30AM–3:15PMFriday8:30AM–3:15PMSaturdayClosedSundayClosed
Similar  Davison's Mill - Stelling M, Stocks Mill - Wittersham, Lower Mill - Woodchurch, Union Mill - Cranbrook, Great Mill - Sheerness

Drapers mill windmill in margate kent

Draper's Windmill or Old Mill is a Grade II listed Smock mill in Margate, Kent, England that was built c. 1847.



Draper's Windmill was built in 1845 by John Holman, the Canterbury millwright, replacing an earlier mill that had previously been moved here from Nayland Point. It is the sole survivor of a group of three windmills, Draper's Mill, Little Draper's Mill and The Pumper. A mill was marked on Robert Morden's map of 1695, Harris's map of 1719 and the 1819-43 Ordnance Survey (OS) map. The 1858-72 OS map shows three mills. The 1903-10 OS map shows two mills. The mill worked by wind until 1916, and by a 20 horsepower (15 kW) gas engine until the late 1930s. The sails and fantail were removed in 1927. The mill was threatened with demolition in 1965, but the Draper's Windmill Trust was formed by Mr R M Towes the then Head Master of Drapers Mills School (opposite Drapers Windmill) to preserve the mill, and in 1968 the Kent Education Committee acquired the mill, which was restored at a cost of over £2,000. The fantail was replaced in 1970, and one pair of sails were erected in December 1971. The new stage that had been prepared for fitting on Black Mill, Barham was donated to Draper's mill, when Black Mill was destroyed by fire, it was adapted to fit by Vincent Pargeter. The second pair of sails were fitted in the autumn of 1974.


Draper's Windmill is a four-storey smock mill on a single-storey brick base. There is a stage at first-floor level. It has four double Patent sails are 26 feet 6 inches (8.08 m) wide and 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) wide, spanning 66 feet (20.12 m). They are carried on a cast-iron windshaft. The mill is winded by a fantail. The Brake Wheel is 8 feet 6 inches (2.59 m) diameter. The three pairs of millstones are driven overdrift.


  • J Banks 1847
  • F & E Darby
  • Thomas Messiter Ind JP
  • Thomas R Laidlaw
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    Draper's Mill, Margate Wikipedia