Darren Guy Photography

Sussex Windmills

So, windmills... As part of my photography diploma, I had to photograph a series of architectural structures both in the daytime and at night. I'm not sure where the idea of windmills came from but once I got started I have great fun shooting these images. I learnt a bit of history along the way too!

Halhaker Windmill

Halnaker Windmill is one of the oldest surviving mills in West Sussex, originally built in 1750 to provide flour for the Goodwood estate. It was restored in 1934 and 1955. At a height of 400 feet it stands prominently on the South Downs near Chichester and was even painted by Turner. Although not used since the 1900s it has remained a useful landmark for mariners and it is said that it was used as a navigational aid by World War II pilots returning to base in Sussex.

Stone Cross Windmill

The restored working Windmill is situated on the A259 in the village of Stone Cross between Polegate and Pevensey. The Mill was built in 1875/6 for Samuel Dalloway and worked until the late 1930s. It was restored in 2000 and grain was rolled for the first time in over 50 years. Stoneground Flour is now produced for sale in the Mill Store. A local Heritage Centre opened in the Roundel in 2010.

Patcham Mill

Sometimes known as Waterhall Windmill after the valley it overlooks it was the last working windmill to built in Sussex in 1885 and remained a working mill until 1924. Since then it has been converted into a residence.

Rottingdean Windmill

Erected in 1802, this black smock windmill is a landmark which acts as a beacon pointing visitors towards Rottingdean. The mill was operated last in the 1880s and now peacefully overlooks the Rottingdean Golf Course. The Rottingdean Windmill is open to the public monthly on every third Sunday.

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