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New Mill, Willesborough (Ashford)
« on: October 25, 2011, 16:39:51 pm »
New Mill is a Grade II listed smock mill in Hythe Road, Ashford and it stands just west of junction 10 of the M20. Built in 1869 to replace an earlier smock mill, it is now a working museum open to the public. It was restored by Ashford Council in 1991 and is describes as being a four storey smock mill on a two storey brick base with an attached miller's cottage. It has four patent sails carried on a cast iron windshaft. It drives four pairs of millstones by wind with a fifth pair powered by an auxiliary engine. This was a steam engine until 1911, then an oil engine and latterly an electric motor. The Brake Wheel is of composite construction, with an iron centre and wooden rim. This drives a cast iron Wallower on the Upright Shaft, which carries a cast iron Great Spur Wheel which drives the millstones overdrift.

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Re: New Mill, Willesborough (Ashford)
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2012, 22:22:35 pm »
Summer 1977

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Re: New Mill, Willesborough (Ashford)
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2023, 14:37:38 pm »
Daily Telegraph - 16 February 1991

Mr Tim Cain, a millwright from South Ashford, Kent, repairing the brake wheel of Willesborough windmill, near Ashford. The mill, built in 1869, should be fully restored and open to the public early this summer.
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Re: New Mill, Willesborough (Ashford)
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2024, 11:59:45 am »
The mill in the summer of 1952.
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