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West Kingsdown Windmill

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Mill name  Old Mill
Type  Post mill
Purpose  Gristmill
Year built  Late 19th century
No. of sails  Four sails
Windshaft  Cast iron
West Kingsdown Windmill
Roundhouse storeys  Single storey roundhouse
Type of sails  Two Common sails and two Spring Sails
Address  Kent Downs AONB, West Kingsdown, Sevenoaks TN15 6AP, UK

West Kingsdown Windmill is a Grade II listed smock mill in West Kingsdown, Kent, England, that was built in the early nineteenth century at Farningham and moved to West Kingsdown in 1880. It is the survivor of a pair of windmills.


Post mill

William Coles Finch stated that the post mill was originally built at Sevenoaks. However, the mill may have been built on site c.1804, when it was advertised for sale in the Kentish gazette of 25 September 1804.

In 1880, it was joined by the smock mill that was moved from Farningham and which survives today. The post mill was burnt down in May 1909 when a steam roller set fire to some straw near the mill and the fire then spread to the mill.

Smock mill

West Kingsdown Windmill was built in the early nineteenth century at Chimham's Farm, Farningham. It was marked on the 1819–20 Ordnance Survey map, Greenwoods map of 1821 and the Farningham Tithe Map of 1840. In 1880, it was moved to West Kingsdown, joining a post mill that was already there. The post mill burnt down in May 1909. The mill was working by wind until 1928. One of the sails was damaged on 25 December 1929 and the fantail blew off in November 1930. The mill was restored externally in 1960 by Thompson & Son, Millwrights of Alford, Lincolnshire at a cost of £4.400. In 2009, repairs to the weatherboards were made, and the mill was repainted. As of November 2010, it is awaiting the fitting of new sails.

Post mill

Old Mill was a post mill on a single-storey roundhouse. It was winded by a tailpole. It had two Spring sails and two Common Sails carried on a cast-iron windshaft.

Smock Mill

West Kingsdown Mill is a four-storey smock mill on a single storey single-storey brick base. There was a stage at first-floor level. It has two double Patent sails and two Common sails carried on a cast-iron windshaft. The mill is winded by a fantail. The original fantail had seven blades, but this was replaced with a six-bladed one when the mill was restored in 1960. A seven-bladed fantail has since been fitted. All the machinery remains in the mill, except for the final drive to the millstones.

Post mill

  • William Knott 1792 - 1814
  • Charles Knott - 1864
  • William Eames 1864-
  • West Kingsdown
  • Tanner Norton 1880-
  • Smock mill

  • Collyer 1826 - 1850
  • William Kipping 1840
  • W Moore
  • David Norton
  • Tanner Norton - 1880
  • West Kingsdown
  • Tanner Norton 1880 -
  • Frank Norton
  • Cork 1929
  • Hankin
  • References for above:-


    West Kingsdown Windmill Wikipedia

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