Outwood Mill In A Star Filled Sky By Craig Woodjetts

Outwood Windmill At Night By Craig Woodjetts

A few nights ago we had a visit from a keen local photographer by the name of Craig Woodjetts. Craig who takes product photographs professionally was keen to capture Outwood Mill against the backdrop of the incredible starry skies that we often see at the mill.

Outwood Mill sits atop a hill some 400 feet above sea level and being very much in the countryside, there is little light pollution meaning that the night vistas are often spectacular. Craig was fully aware of this and chose the mill as the location for his stunning photograph because of the beauty and interest of the mill as a frontispiece to the incredible night sky that he has captured in this amazing photograph.

Craig, and his friend George, braved the chill of the night air to get this image and spent some considerable time setting up the shot which is acheived by taking a picture with a long exposure. Craig also used a wide angle lens to get as much of the night sky into the picture as possible.

Clearly Craig has a natural talent which allows him to take such great pictures, coupled with his technical understanding of how cameras work and the very professional equipment that he uses results in the sort of brilliant image seen here. Craig is now looking to take some pictures of the mill during the day (when the light and weather are better) and we can’t wait to see how these come out.

All of us here at Outwood Mill think this is an absolutely spectacular image taken by a young man with a real talent and passion for photographic art.

Craig is available for freelance work, weddings and all other forms of photography and can be reached by contacting us here at Outwood Mill.

Check out our gallery page to see the full image.

Wallis Garden Machinery Specialists of Lingfield now Looking After Outwood Mill Mowers & Gardens Machinery

Outwood Mill are delighted to announce that Wallis Garden Machinery Specialists based in Lingfield (Click Here For Wallis Website) are now appointed to look after all the Garden Machinery at Outwood Mill.

We contacted the lovely people at Wallis a few weeks back when one of our Tractor Mowers developed a fault. Due to the age of the mower we thought it was destined for the scrapheap.

However, Neil, one of the Wallis Mower Guru’s was on site in a couple of days and had the deck off our mower in a matter of minutes! Clearly these guys know what they are about when it comes to mowers! Neil diagnosed in less than 5 minutes that the blades needed a good sharpening and that one of the belts needed replacing and that a new battery was neeeded.

Anyway, Neil disappeared back to Wallis’ with the deck and less than 4 days later he was back with the deck all repaired and runnning, a new battery which he fitted and a new ignition lock and key which again Neil expertly fitted. Neil had the mower running again in less than half an hour after his arrival and kindly offered to dispose of the old battery for us.

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Neil from Wallis Garden Machinery testing the mower at Outwood Mill.

It’s rare these days that you find such incredible customer service coupled with great prices and a willingness to go that “extra mile” for the customer. Clearly Wallis’s & Neil have that committment to caring for the customer and building long term relationships with their customer base. We’ve been so impressed with Wallis that we have already spread the word and told everyone we’ve met so much so that we thought we’d tell our dedicated following online via our blog too!

Our mower is now running better than it has in a long long time and is cutting like a new mower. We’ve now asked the team at Wallis to find us a sweeper for our mower which they are sure they can do and no doubt they’ll deliver another round of fab customer service then as now.

In todays world we are often quick to complain when things go wrong but seldom compliment when things are done right. Wallis’s MD Ian and Neil are obviously “old school” when it comes to looking after clients and we won’t be going anywhere else in future for our mower or garden machine requirements.

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Neil from Wallis Garden Machinery repairing the mower at Outwood Mill.

Outwood Mill recommends Wallis unreservedly and so if you need anything in the Garden Machinery line, from a new tractor mower to spares and repairs of your existing equipment then get in touch with Ian or Neil at Wallis Garden Machinery Specialists – you can contact them here:

Website – http://www.hwallisltd.co.uk/sales
Telephone – 01342 775 600
Email – info@hwallisltd.co.uk

Tell them that you saw the write up on Outwood Mill’s website and be sure to tell all your friends and family as we feel sure that once you have experienced great value and customer from Wallis’ you will want everyone to know too!

Once again our heartfelt thanks here at Outwood Mill go out to Ian, Neil and all the team at Wallis Garden Machinery Specialists, Lingfield (Click for Google Map directions)

Check our Gallery for images of Neil from Wallis’s at work on our mower at Outwood Mill.

Outwood Mill Welcomes The Hawthorn School Bletchingley

Just this week Outwood Mill was thronging with a group of youngsters from the Hawthorn School Bletchingly.

About 15 students from the school attended with their teachers and it was immediately obvious that they were excited and interested to learn about Outwood Mill and how it worked.

The students all had a go at grinding flour from corn by hand using our miniature quern stones and we’re told that they made a tasty loaf of bread from the Flour they took away with them.

Additionally they all had a go at turning the Windmill around using the Talthur and this was the cause of both great enjoyment and wonderment when they learned that they had just moved 25 Tonnes with relative ease.

All the students went right to the top of the mill (to the bin floor) and had a guided tour and explanation of the inner workings as they descended down through the mill towards the exit.

The students interest was obvious as they asked lots and lots of questions about various parts of the mill and really seemed to enjoy learning about the different aspects of the mill itself.

We were delighted to have the The Hawthorns visit the mill and we look forward to seeing them again in the near future. They have kindly sent a couple of pictures of their visit for us to share.

Outwood Mill is now on Google Plus+ – Come Join Us!

Although Outwood Mill is 345 Years old its not been afraid to move with the times.

This is why inside Outwood Mill you’ll find engineering from the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and even the 21st Century. Its all there like a fossil rock face showing you the progress through the ages.

Now that Outwood Mill is living in the Digital Age we’ve got ourselves a Google Plus account.

If you haven’t heard about Google Plus, its a brand new Social Network (Like Facebook) that set to revolutionise the way we think about being online and sharing between us. Just in the same that Outwood Mill was revolutionary when she was built 345 years ago.

So hop on over to this address to follow us on Google Plus.

http://gplus.to/outwoodmill

We look forwards to seeing you there and sharing with you.

Outwood Mill welcomes 12th Caterham (Parsons Pightle) Scouts

Outwood Mill recetnly had a visit from a local Scout troop based in Caterham.

The 12th Caterham (Parsons Pightle) troop came to the mill for an evening of fun and learning and by all accounts thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Amongst other things they:

  • Milled Grain into Flour By Hand
  • Turned the Mill into wind by hand
  • Looked out from the Bin floor towards london
  • Learned how the sails were set
  • Learned about the life of A Miller

We took some photos of the troop that evening and with thier kind permission you can see them in our Gallery, on our Flickr account and on our new and shiny Google+ social network.

Gallery – Outwood Mill Gallery
Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/outwoodmill
Google+ – http://gplus.to/outwoodmill

Outwood Mill Mystery Man (Perhaps an Outwood Miller).

One of the regular visitors to Outwood Mill is Yasmin Khan and her grandson Tiernan (who we’re always happy to see) recently presented us with a bit of a mystery!

In discussions with Yasmin it came to light that there was a Gentleman who used to be around Outwood Mill around 2009 who, from Yasmin’s recollection said that he was either the Miller or that he helped at the Mill.

Yasmin kindly sent this photo of the man (above) and now we need to find out who he is.

CAN YOU HELP IDENTIFY THE MAN IN THE PICTURE

We’d love to know who he was and what, if any part he has played in the history of Outwood Mill. Maybe you know him, maybe he’s still around (God willing) and perhaps would like to come to the Mill again.

Please email the mill at info@outwoodmill.com and we publish the results once we have pinned down who our Mystery Man is.

Rare Volkswagen Camper Rig Visits Outwood Mill

This incredibly rare Volkswagen Camper Rig recently came a calling at Outwood Mill.

Complete with its own little caravan this fabulous camper van has been transformed to a real home from home on the road.

The owners, James & Maja Lamb of Luton, Beds, are long time friends of the current millers and brought the “rig” as the call it along to show us and it was a real treat to see these photos after their visit so that we can show them to you.

The van itself is all kitted out with the latest mod cons including sink, cooker, toilet, beds and even a fridge. When you have a “V Dub” camper all you need is some food, drink, gasoline and the open road. No need to look for a hotel to stay the night. Just rock up at the side of the road, crack open a decent Shiraz and watch the world world go by! Marvellous.

The current millers are toying with the idea of getting a “V Dub” Camper so be surprised to see one up at the mill soon!

There are a few more pics in the gallery for you to enjoy – click here.

Outwood Smock Mill – Latest Historical Picture

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.

Outwood Mill Smock Mill Delapidated Story

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.

Outwood Mill Frank Fuller, Millwright 1876

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:-

Outwood Mill Millwright Frank Fuller Ditchling 1876 story

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.

Outwood Mill Millwright Frank Fuller Ditchling 1876 Raymond Thomas Story

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.

Outwood Mill Millwright Frank Fuller Ditchling Mill Bills Stone Floor

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).

Outwood Mill Millwright Frank Fuller Ditchling Saws Roundhouse

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:-

Outwood Mill Millwright Frank Fuller Ditchling Examination Results May 1876 Story

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.

Outwood Post Mill Featured On Stikinotes.com

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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.

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