White Mill Rural Heritage Centre
Kent CT13 9JB
There are quite a few old individual windmills scattered around Kent but a complete milling site such as there is near Sandwich in south-east England is a rare treat.
The Miller’s Cottage and outbuildings built in the 1830s surround a smock mill built in 1760. For almost 100 years the Stanley family ran the mill, supplying flour and animal food to the surrounding community, until 1957.
The White Mill Rural Heritage Centre is just 3 miles (5 km) outside Sandwich, on the road to Canterbury.
The beautifully restored 1760 smock mill retains its original wooden machinery and has newly fitted sails. Although the mill does not grind corn now it is still capable of being operated. Visitors are able to go inside the windmill and view displays of agricultural machinery, weights and measures and equipment in the base, as well as seeing the actual mill machinery.
Old Rural Skills
Old rural metal and woodworking skills are on display; the outbuildings house a Blacksmith’s forge, a Wheelwright’s workshop, a Cobbler’s workshop and a cowshed.
The mill was powered by wind until 1929. The Engine House, restored in 1995, contains a Lister petrol engine which was used to drive a Plate Mill to grind corn into flour until 1957.
The Miller’s Cottage
It has been furnished to show what it would have looked like in 1900 & 1939. Many country visitors will experience a wave of nostalgia going through this home, especially on seeing the wooden bench 2-holer toilet where you sat side by side with other members of the family!
The beds are covered with exquisite patchwork quilts, there is a needlepoint firescreen in the ‘best’ room and needle worked linen. These fine skills contrast starkly with the heavy work undertaken in the kitchen and laundry.
The whole site is beautifully presented and so evocative.
Plan Your Visit
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Open all year on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday mornings 10:00 – 12:00 hours. Extra opening hours during the summer. Please visit the official website for more details.
Admission costs for Adults, Seniors and Children are low. Please visit the official website (link below) for up to date details.
Free car parking, disabled toilets & shop
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1304 239 544 or
+44 (0)1304 619 268
White Mill External Link
Please refer to the 'Getting There' instructions in the Sandwich article in this website. There is an excellent directions map at the Mill's website - link above.
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