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Westdene Windmill
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The mill in 2005
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Mill name Westdene Mill
Mill location TQ 292 086
Coordinates 50°51′43″N 0°09′58″W / 50.862°N 0.166°W / 50.862; -0.166Coordinates: 50°51′43″N 0°09′58″W / 50.862°N 0.166°W / 50.862; -0.166
Operator(s) Private
Year built 1885
Purpose Corn mill
Type Tower mill
Storeys Four storeys
No. of sails Four sails
Type of sails Spring Patent sails
Windshaft cast iron
Winding Fantail
Fantail blades Five blades

Waterhall Mill, also known as Westdene Windmill, is a grade II listed tower mill at Westdene, Sussex, England which has been converted to residential use.


Waterhall Mill was built in 1885 by James Holloway, the Shoreham millwright. It was the last windmill built in Sussex, and was working until 1924. In World War II it was used by the Home Guard as a lookout post. The mill was converted into a house in 1963, retaining the machinery and externally restored. New sails were erected in 1972 The cap was partly rebuilt and new sails erected following a lightning strike in December 1990.


For an explanation of the various pieces of machinery, see Mill machinery.

Waterhall Mill is a four-storey brick tower mill with a domed cap winded by a five-bladed fantail. It had four Spring Patent sails carried on a cast iron Windshaft. The iron Brake Wheel is fitted with Holloways screw brake. The mill drove three pairs of underdrift millstones.

The tower is 19 feet (5.79 m) diameter at the base and 13 feet (3.96 m) diameter at the curb, having an overall height to 40 feet (12.19 m) to the curb.


  • Joseph Harris 1885 - 1903
  • Bull - 1924

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