Recently while trawling through the archives over at the Mills Archive Trust we came across this amazing photograph!
This is a picture of Outwood Smock Mill probably some time in the 1940′s to the 1950′s.
Photo courtesy of Mills Archive Trust
We know that Smock Mill at Outwood blew down in a gale in November 1960 – you can find out more about the Outwood Smock Mill by clicking here
Records show that Outwood Smock Mill was the tallest smock ever built and it was constructed around 1792 by Ezekiel Budgen, who was the Uncle of the then Miller of the Post Mill at Outwood one William Budgen. William was the Grandson of the Builder of Outwood Mill, Thomas Budgen.
As you can see from the picture the smock mill was in a bad way and after it blew down much of the timber was “rescued” by the locals and there are some sheds and summerhouses in the village that contain wood from the Smock Mill. In fact the garage on the current Outwood Post Mill site and the Stable Barn attached to the property next door are also constructed from timbers from the old Smock Mill.
Its a sad loss and of course if it were standing today it wouldn’t have been left to blow down in a gale.
If you have any pictures or stories about Outwood Post Mill or the Smock Mill at Outwood, then we would be delighted to hear from you.
We’ve just received this very interesting story and some images from Leslie Fuller in France.
According to the photographs sent to us by Leslie, his Great Grandfather, one Frank Fuller was a millwright in the latter part of the 19th Century and was certainly known to either the Jupp Brothers (William & Stanley) or even the Thomas brothers (Raymond & Gerald).
Here is an image of Frank Fuller, this was taken in 1876 and would make Frank around 19 years old at the time:-
As you can see from the photograph it appears that the man on the right of the image is working on a gear wheel for either a water mill or a windmill. One would suspect that this might be the man under whom Frank Fuller trained as a Millwright.
The photograph was sent to Leslie around 1986 by Raymond Thomas as the inscription on the rear shows.
Whats even more interesting is that Raymond Thomas indicated to Leslie that Frank Fuller made a donation of some his Millwrights Tools to the Windmill and Raymond confirmed at one time that there was an exhibition of these tools within the windmill.
Having looked through some recent photographs that we took recently at the windmill it appears that there are tools all over the windmill and some of these may indeed have belonged to Frank Fuller as Raymond Thomas indicated.
Here are some images of both the Roundhouse and the Stone floor showing millwrights tools hung up in various places.
The image above shows a row of “Mill Bills” that hang across one of the beams on the Stone Floor of Outwood Mill, these tools were used to “dress” the Mill Stones (Dressing the stones meant recutting the grooves in the Bed Stone that enabled the ground meal to exit the stones).
The image above shows some saws that hang in the Roundhouse (the lower part of the windmill), these do appear to herald from the late Victorian period and are therefore contemporary with Frank Fullers time as a Millwright.
What’s even more interesting is the photo below:-
This image shows Franks examination results for the exam he sat in Machine Construction and Drawing. The certificate is dated 6th May 1876 and shows Frank to be 19 at that time. This then means Frank was born in 1857 and I feel sure he lived to a ripe old age.
Certainly Frank Fullers memory and perhaps his workmanship lives on in Outwood Mill and we at the mill are indebted to Franks Great Grandson, Leslie for sharing this wonderful story with us and allowing us to publish these images.
If we find out anything more about Frank we’ll be sure to put it on the site here and if you are reading this and you have any further information about this story or any other history in connection to Outwood Mill we’d be delighted to hear from you.
After a recent visit to Outwood Mill by someone from Stikinotes.com. Outwood Mill is the FIRST Windmill in the UK To be featured on the Stikinotes.com site.
Stikinotes.com is a great way to share the places you have been to and also a fun way to find new places to visit based on the experiences of other people using Stikinotes.com.
Stikinotes is also available as an app for your phone so you can get information about things to do and places to visit while you are on the move and whats more you can even add places while you are visiting them! How cool is that!
Thanks again to Jessica from Stikinotes for adding us on the site.
Our stikinotes page is at – http://www.stikinotes.com/explore/669/outwood-windmill.aspx
For the first time in a number of years the Village Show, to be held this year on Saturday 3rd September, will begin and end at Outwood Post Mill.
Historically the Outwood Village Parade always used to begin at Outwood Mill, however for the last few years the Windmill at Outwood hasn’t been available for this to happen. However, the new operators, Ray & Tracy, have opened up the Windmill and its grounds once again so that the procession and its participants can once again meet and begin the day at the Windmill.
More details of this will be published both in the forthcoming edition of the Outwood News but also in the Outwood Village Show guide which is being prepared as we speak.
On Saturday 9th July Outwood Post Mill on Outwood Common was opened to residents and families of Outwood Village for a “Pitch-In-Picnic”.
The idea behind this was to allow the new incumbents to get to know their new neighbours and fellow villagers and for the people living in the village to get reacquainted with Outwood Mill itself.
Fortunately the weather was kind and the rain held off for most of the day although there were one or two small spots rain during the afternoon this was interspersed with some quite warm spells.
The mill grounds was the setting for the Picnic and by 3PM the whole lawn was thronging with families and children enjoying the garden games and bouncy castle that had been laid on for them. Although it was noticed that one or two of the adults enjoyed the bouncy castle too.
There was plenty of food too as everyone entered into the spirit of “Pitching in” and the culinary delights ranged from lots of home made savouries, quiches and other munchies to some rather fine Chocolate Cakes and even Scones with Clotted Cream and home made Jam. All of which was accompanied by some good ales and bottles of champagne and of course the obligatory Pimms or Two (or Three or Four … we lost count!).
Both Ray and Tracy really enjoyed meeting everyone and whilst we might not remember all your names immediately it was lovely to see you all and get to know you better and it seemed that everyone enjoyed the Mill itself as many hadn’t been in the windmill before then.
The day was such good fun and such a success that we’ve decided to do it every year. So make a note in your 2012 diaries that the second Saturday in July is the Outwood Village “Pitch In Picnic” at the windmill. We are already planning next years event and we’ll have even more games, activities and fun lined up for everyone to enjoy.
We would like to thank everyone who came and made the day such good fun and created the community feel that Outwood is renowned for. Special thanks must go to Lloyd Hall for the loan of the Gazebo’s and the Tables and Chairs and also to Bill and Anne Morle who helped behind the scenes in “Connecting” us to the right people in the village for things we needed and for helping promote the event in the Outwood News.
Once again, thank you all and we look forward to an even bigger and better “Pitch In Picnic” Next summer.