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Rottingdean Smock Mill - Windmill

Also known as

  • New Mill

  • Beacon Mill

Nr Brighton, East Sussex

A three storey smock mill was built in 1802 on a single storey brick base. It has a Kentish style cap, and four Patent sails. It originally had a fantail, but this is now missing.

There are records of an earlier mill on the site, thought to have been a post mill. During the digging of the foundations, a human skeleton was found.

The mill was working until 1881 and by 1890 was in such bad condition that demolition was considered. In 1905, the Marquis of Abergavenny had the mill repaired, but she was derelict again by the early 1920s. It was 1935 before she was restored again, the millwrighting being done by Neve's of Heathfield and new sails were made by Holman's, the Canterbury millwrights. In 1969, the mill was leaning to the north east, and Hole's, the Burgess Hill millwrights erected a steel frame inside the smock to support the mill, and fitted new sails. The steel framing was extended into the cap in 1974.

When we visited

Access fairly straight forward from several directions, and where the mill stands is open ground that presents no problems, with the town below one side and a golf course around other sides. There is no fencing between the mill, and public area and the golf course, but golfers were not too happy about me and others getting in their way so as to get different camera angles. You can see from the above that you have a choice of shooting across wild flower land or the golf course.

Further information Grid


Rottingdean Smock Mill, Nr Brighton, Sussex

Ceremonial County: Sussex

Grid Reference:

TQ 366025.  OS Sheet - 198.

Map Link:

OS TQ366025

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Date Updated: 05/2008

Planning Grid


Rottingdean Smock Mill (Windmill) Nr Brighton, Surrey

Grid Reference:

TQ 366025  OS Sheet - 198

Getting there:

3 miles east of Brighton off the A259 Brighton to Newhaven road.


No problem open at all times


A number of choices exist.



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John Cooper 01273 306910

Opening times:

The site is open all the time, opening times below relate to entry to the inside.

May to September, 3rd Sunday each month, and

National Mills Weekend, both days, 14.00 16.30. 


None to grounds

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Date Updated: 05/2008

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