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  • Early 20th century - present

Press cuttings relating to windmills and watermills.

The Mills Archive

"County grant for historic corn mill"

Cutting from unknown source describing the contribution of funds for mill refurbishment at Crabble Corn Mill. Contributors include economic development and tourism sub-committee, English Heritage and Dover District Council. A brief history of the mill is outlined in the article.

"Vic puts wind into old mill's sweeps"

Cutting from 'Observer' of an article by Kevin Smith describing efforts by Vic May to restore Barnham Mill in order to preserve some heritage in West Sussex. As part of his fundraising, Mr. May applied for a grant from the EC's Commission of Historical and Architectural Heritage.

"The miller's tale"

Cutting from 'Evening Argus' of an article by Sue Bishop describing efforts by Caleb Newnham's family to restore his old post mill in East Sussex. The East Sussex County Council provided funding for the restoration, and a Manpower Services Commission provided some of the labour.

"For sail"

Cutting from 'The Mirror' of an article by Nick Ames describing the sale of King's Mead windmill in Sussex, located near the site of King Harold's last battle. The sale was handled by Tom Humphries of A. W. Vint and Son.

Restoration efforts at Salvington Mill

Cutting from 'Herald' describing the various problems and restoration efforts carried out at Salvington mill. The Worthing Borough Council eventually bought the mill to begin repairs to it in earnest.

"Winds of change..."

Cutting from 'Herald' of an article by Jocelyn Hollebone describing the successful restoration efforts at Salvington Mill. The parties involved in the repairs were the West Sussex County Council and the Friends of High Salvington Mill. The article also recalls past problems at the mill and Worthing Borough Council's effort to restore it, as well as the formation of the Salvington Mill Trust, who would be responsible for the mill's complete restoration.

"Windmills are going the way of the dinosaur"

Cutting from 'Midweek Gazette' of an interview of molinologist Arthur Carlton Smith by Martha Snowden. In it, Snowden talks to Smith about his travels to various mills and his project to locate and map different mills all over the country with the help of his wife Joy and his friend Peter Elms.

"Mill rescue operation"

Cutting from 'The Post' of an article describing the restoration efforts at Nyetimber mill. The working machinery from the mill was rescued by a team from the Singleton Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, and museum director Chris Zeuner aimed to use it for restoration of the mill. A brief history of the mill is provided, including a record of one of its early millers being William Adams, and the article also mentions a fire at the mill on 14 June 1962.

"Fletching's old mill is being demolished"

Cutting from 'Sussex Express' describing the demolition of a watermill in Fletching. The occupiers of the mill houses at the time were Mrs. E. J. Martin and her husband, and past millers mentioned in the article include Mr. Joseph Martin and Mr. George Sparks. The mill was used for producing flour, and eventually fell into ownership from Searle's Estate to Sheffield Park Estate.

Restoration work done at Fittleworth Mill.

Cutting from 'The West Sussex Gazette and South of England Advertiser' of a short article by Lucy Bell describing the restoration work being done at Fittleworth Mill. The project was carried out by Wessex Timber Preservation, Ltd. and the mill is cited as being the manor mill of Amberley owned by the Bishop of Chichester. The restoration is part of an effort to preserve old buildings and their characters, as well as trying to get more efficient use out of them.

"Repairing the wheels that have turned for centuries"

Cutting from 'The Chronicle' of a short article describing the restoration work being done to two water wheels at the Stretton Watermill near Farndon. The work was carried out by father-and-son team John and Ian McDowell, who both worked at A and L Construction of Cholmondeley. The restoration was in preparation for the opening of the 1992 season by the Cheshire Museum Service.

"Another watermill goes out of service"

Cutting from 'The West Sussex Gazette' of an article describing the closure of Coultershaw Mill in Petworth. The family business that ran the mill, J. Gwillim, Ltd., was forced to shut down due to economic reasons. A brief history of the mill is outlined in the article, including the Gwillims obtaining its ownership in 1907, and two fires at the mill in 1923 and 1946 respectively.

"Water power for ancient mill"

Cutting from unknown source describing the building of an open-air museum in West Dean Estate near Chichester, where an artificial lake was being built to provide water power to a mill and tilt hammer.

"Threatened water mill is saved"

Cutting from 'Argus' of an article describing the rejection of demolition plans by the owner of Hammonds Mill, Mrs. Virginia Sainty, by the Mid Sussex District Council Plans Sub-Committee. The committee were hoping the Department of the Environment would include the mill on the statutory list of buildings of historic and architectural interest.

"History of Bine Mill"

Cutting from 'The West Sussex Gazette' of an article by G. D. Johnston describing the history of Bine Mill at Storrington. It outlines ownership of the mills through the years, as well as technical information about the mill's machinery.

"Old mill is a toy factory"

Cutting from The West Sussex Gazette' of an article outlining the setting up of a toy factory called Tiger Toys, Ltd. in Durford Mill by Robert Hirst. The article also mentions employment opportunities created in the area by the toy factory.

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