Known today as Belloc’s Windmill it has had several other names since it was constructed in 1879 for Fred Marten a local miller. Originally known as Shipley Mill and King’s Mill it was renamed as Vincent’s Mill after it was sold to Richard Vincent in 1895 who, in turn, employed Ernest Powell to be the resident Miller.
In 1906 the renowned author Hilaire Belloc purchased the mill and the surrounding land. With the aid of a nearby steam engine it remained working until the combination of better transport, cheaper processing alternatives and a surplus of imported grain made it fully redundant in 1926. Although it was no longer working, Belloc tried to ensure that it remained in good repair but this became harder to achieve as time passed. After his death in 1956 it became obvious that action needed to be taken if the Mill was to be saved for future generations. A group was formed and with the aid of the Wessex County Council and it was restored as a tribute to Hilaire Belloc and formally named after him. After many years of restoration the Windmill was classified as working again in 1991.
It is a four-storey smock mill on a two-storey brick base. It has four Patent Sails carried on a cast-iron windshaft. The octagonal conical cap is winded by a fantail. The Brake Wheel is wood, driving a cast-iron Wallower on an oak Upright Shaft. This carries a cast-iron Great Spur Wheel which drives three pairs of overdrift millstones.
It was also depicted by the BBC as the screen home of TV detective Jonathan Creek. It’s the most recently constructed windmill in Sussex and England.
The windmill is now a private residence and cannot be visited although it can be seen from the path and bridleway adjacent to the garden. The land surrounding the bridleway is private as are the driveways to the residences. At the entrance to the bridleway is a cast iron information plate describing the windmill as part of the year 2000 Heritage Trail.
Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Great Bury, Graffham, Petworth
West Sussex, England, GU28 0QF
+44 (0)1798 867 476
- Address: School Ln, Shipley, Horsham, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom, RH13 8PH
- GPS: 50.984875,-0.372697222
- Part of UK: England
- Sat Nav Postcode: RH13 8PH
- Entrance Fees: N/A
- Disabled Access: Bridleway can be accessed by wheelchairs
- Visibility from Road: Poor from road / Good from bridleway
- Image Credits: Header Image: Paul Vincent