Malling Windmill

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The windmill, its outhouses and associated dwellings were the only buildings in what is now Mill Road until the early 20th Century. Milling corn was undertaken on this site for more than 300 years from at least the late 16th to the early 20th Centuries.

I have a more or less complete record of who owned the mill and the millers who worked it from 1595 through to the early 20th Century. I have found references to substantial renovations and alterations made in the 1810s, when an upper storey was added to the roundhouse, and again in 1852, probably by the firm of Samuel Medhurst, millwrights of Lewes.

The last miller to work the site, from around 1887, was Frank Stone, baker and confectioner of Lewes, who was living at Mill House at the time of the 1891 census. By early 1902 the mill, house and land had passed into the ownership of Mr Castle Leaver, proprietor of the Lewes (later East Sussex) Sanitary Steam Laundry, which occupied the corner site at the bottom of Mill Road, where the flats now stand.

I have found newspaper reports of a series of accidents at the mill in the 19th century and of the fire that destroyed it in September 1908.

Malling Mill fire 1908
(Left) Fire destroyed the Mill on 8 September 1908. Image reproduced with permission from the Weald and Downland Living Museum – click to enlarge
(Right) Malling Mill after the fire. Image reproduced with permission from Bob Cairns, Lewes: the Postcard Collection – click to enlarge

In 1925 the remains of the mill were converted into a single-storey dwelling, further alterations and additions followed in 1985 and an upper floor was added in 2014.

Malling Mill 2019
Malling Mill, 2019 © Chris Taylor