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Newchurch Tower Windmill

This windmill was the only tower windmill of six windmills known on Romney Marsh and was reputed to have been built by the Reverend Nares in 1810.

Newchurch Tower Windmill circa 1900

Newchurch Tower Windmill c.1900

Windmill date plaque

Windmill date plaque

 

There is a plaque on the side of what remains of the windmill ‘TOWER MILL 1840’.  It is said that the Reverend Nares was an expert on grain and his parishioners would bring samples to church on Sundays for him to examine.  The mill was used only in grinding corn for farmers after about 1890, and its use as a mill stopped completely in 1901, when the expense of restoring the woodwork and sweeps became too great. After the top wooden part of the mill was pulled down in 1906, it was used as an agricultural store until converted into a studio/dwelling together with the former bakehouse in 1982.

Newchurch Tower Windmill. Photograph provided by Mr L Beeching.

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Two account slips for foodstuffs sold from Tower Mill.  Note the hole in the middle where they used to stick them on a spike.