Rolvenden is another pretty little village in rural south-east England on the A28 Hastings to Ashford road. Standing on the hill just outside the village is Rolvenden Windmill, a rare example of a post mill built in the mid 1700s, on the site of a previous mill.
The mill has been beautifully restored as a memorial to a young local man killed in a tragic road accident. There is a memorial stone laid into the roundhouse.
Not Open to the Public
It is privately owned and NOT opened to the public, however you can get a good look at it from the B2086 road.
The mill is believed to have been built some time after 1736 to replace an earlier one on the site. The wind driven mill was last used to grind corn in 1882. It has a rare type of brake, with wood below and iron above the centreline.
Turret Post Mill
This is a ‘turret’ post mill — that is, it has a roundhouse. There are two pairs of stones carried in 'head' and 'tail' configuration, one with a wooden stone nut and the other in iron. The wooden windshaft has mortises to take a compass arm wheel and may have been reversed at some period.
The original roundhouse was wooden but this was replaced with a brick roundhouse during the 1956 restorations. The black weatherboard body was renewed, tarred and new white painted frames for four common anticlockwise sweeps were installed. The mill used to be turned into the wind by the tailpole but is now fixed in position, with steel girders supporting the mill from below.
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From Rolvenden High Street turn up Regent Street on the road to Bennedon (B2086). The mill is on the right hand side.
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