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Buxhall Smock Mill
Mill name Buxhall mill
Grid reference TL 996 577
Coordinates 52°10′55″N 0°55′08″E / 52.1819°N 0.9189°E / 52.1819; 0.9189
Operator(s) Clover family
Year built 1815
Purpose Corn mill
Type Smock mill
Base storeys Three-storey base
Smock sides Eight-sided smock
No. of sails Four sails
Year lost Demolished 1860
Buxhall Tower Mill
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The converted mill.
Mill name Buxhall Mill
Grid reference TL 996 577
Operator(s) Private
Year built 1860
Purpose Corn mill
Type Tower mill
Storeys Three storeys
Base storeys Three-storey base
No. of sails Four Sails
Type of sails Patent sails
Windshaft Cast iron
Winding Fantail
Auxiliary power Oil engine
No. of pairs of millstones Five pairs
Other information Built on base of previous smock mill

Buxhall Mill is a tower mill at Buxhall, Suffolk, England which has been converted to residential accommodation.


There have been three windmills on this site. The first mill was a post mill. It was marked on Joseph Hodgkinson's map of 1783 and described as "newly erected" in a newspaper report of it burning down as the result of suspected arson on 9 July 1814.

The second mill was a smock mill. It was built by Samuel Wright, millwright of Needham Market. The account for building the mill reads,

Item £ s. d.
To building a smock wind Mill as per agreement 520. 15. 11¾.
To extra Studdg & partitions in wheat bin 88 feet 9 in. 3. 8. 9.
To large meal hopper contg 48 feet 2. 8. 0.
To a pair of pullie Blocks Irond up with Screw Eyes to do. 1. 11. 6.
Total 528. 3. 5¾.

In the 1850s, a steam mill was erected close to the smock mill. It was powered by a beam engine and drove two pairs of millstones. a third pair was added at a later date, along with other machines for cleaning grain and dressing flour. This proved to be too much for the beam engine with the result that the beam broke and the engine was wrecked. The mill was worked by the Clover family until 1860 when it was dismantled. The machinery, cap and sails from the smock mill were incorporated into the new tower mill. Work started on 8 May 1860 and was completed in February 1861.

Buxhall Mill was built by William Bear, the Sudbury millwright at a cost of £506 6s 9d. The lower three storeys formed the base of a smock mill which stood on the site previously. The mill was worked by wind until November 1929 when the sails were damaged in a storm. The swing-pot neck bearing was removed and sold to John Bryant of Pakenham mill. It was eventually installed in that mill in 1950 by Amos Clarke, the Ipswich millwright. In the 1940s Buxhall mill was stripped of its millstones and refitted as an engine driven mill, in which form it worked until 1971. The mill had lost its cap by 1971, with the cap frame remaining on the top of the tower.



The tower of Buxhall Mill is three storeys, built on a three-storey base of a smock mill. It is 17 feet 8 inches (5.38 m) diameter at curb level. There was a stage at second-floor level.

Cap, sails and fantail

Buxhall Mill had a domed cap with a gallery. It was 17 feet 6 inches (5.33 m) diameter and 14 feet (4.27 m) high internally. The four Patent sails had eleven bays of three shutters, and spanned 80 feet (24.38 m). They were carried on stocks of 55 feet (16.76 m) long, 13 inches (330 mm) square at the poll end. The sails were 33 feet 6 inches (10.21 m) long and 8 feet 6 inches (2.59 m) long. They were fitted with Catchpole's Air Brakes. These provided extra power in light winds, but acted as an effective air brake in strong winds. The windshaft weighed 38 cwt (1,930 kg) and cost £38. 0. 0. new in 1860. The cap was winded by an eight bladed fantail. An unusual feature of this mill was the cast iron gutter around the curb, which collected rainwater from the cap and delivered it to the ground via a downpipe on the outside of the mill.


The mill drove four pairs of millstones, a fifth pair being described as "of small size". The upright shaft was in two sections. It carried a 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) cast iron great spur wheel with 96 cogs. The spur wheel weighed 2 tons 13 cwt (2,693 kg) and cost £32. 0 .0 new in 1860.


  • Isaac Clover 1815-44 (smock mill)
  • Clover 1860- (tower mill)
  • Clover
  • J A Clover -1971

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