Downfield Windmill

Downfield windmill is also known as Pollard’s mill.  The earliest part is the bottom 8ft of the tower, c1726. In the mid-19th century the original smock mill built on this base was raised by two storeys or so. Following gale damage in 1887, in 1890 the wooden-towered ‘smock’ part was rebuilt in brick, so it is thus an octagonal tower mill. It worked until 1954 when the fantail fell off. It was restored to working order between 1975 and 1980, and worked until the late 1990s.

Luke Bonwick is acting as the Consultant on the refurbishment of the mill cap and sails and I am grateful to him for providing his excellent 2d drawings of the proposed works in order for me to prepare the drawings below. Later I hope to add views and sections to reveal the mill interior and its equipment