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.

Rottingdean windmill vandalised – Investigation Launched

Police are investigating how thugs vandalised a historic Sussex windmill.

The windmill in Rottingdean was targeted over the weekend and local residents have since contacted Brighton and Hove City Council and asked it to clean it.

Geoff Rawlings, of Beacon Hill, Ovingdean, yesterday said: “I was walking my dog this morning when I saw it.

“The whole area is devastated. I just couldn’t believe that anyone could do that to the Rottingdean Windmill.

“It’s part of the backdrop of the Sussex Coast and someone has done this to it.

“It’s about 3ft big. It’s not discreet – it’s really in your face.

“It’s our national monument and has been there for hundreds of years and then someone goes and defaces it – it’s horrible.”

Sergeant Neil Durkan, of Sussex Police, said: “We have become aware of the graffiti and are investigating. We would urge anyone with information to contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 08000 555 111.”

Source: The Argus

Surrey Air Ambulance In Real Life Mission At Outwood Mill

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At first we thought it was one of the regular helicopters that overfly Outwood Mill en route to Redhill Aerodrome a mile and a half away.

Soon it became obvious that something was happening as the drone of helicopter got louder and louder until finally we realised this helicopter was about to set down on Outwood Common.

At first we thought it was a Police Helicopter due to the markings but once we arrived where the Helicopter had set down and saw the road blocked off by a police car it became obvious that a tragic accident had taken place.

Watch the Video of the Surrey Air Ambulance Lifting Off form Outwood Common.

Clearly the Heli-Med crews and the Ground Ambulance crews were working like mad to save the lives of the mortorcycle rider and pillion passenger who had been involved in a terrible smash almost opposite the Bell Inn.

It’s at these times you see the worth of the Ambulance crews, both ground and airborne and what an incredible job they do day to day.

Also – without charitable donations the Helicopter Ambulance, so critical in these kinds of situations wouldn’t be there – so if you do nothing else today we would like to urge you, having seen first hand what a lifeline these Helicopters are, to perhaps hop on over to the Air Ambulance website and make a donation – no matter how small. It could be the difference between saving a life or not.

Make a donation to Surrey Air Ambulance here.

Finally, all of us here at Outwood Mill, and I feel sure we speak for the whole village, hope and pray that the two people injured in the accident make a full and speedy recovery to full health.

We will keep you posted of any news of course.

Outwood Mill Sees The Wassailers Go by

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Saturday 28th of January witnessed the re-enactment of one of those fine old English traditions – The Wassail.

Starting out at The Bell Inn in Outwood (after some not inconsiderable Ale drinking) Torches were lit, Villagers and families gathered to under the call of the Master Wassailer (If thats what he’s called) and accompanied by the Morris Dancers that came to the Village Show, the long cortege of people set off into the cold January night, flames aloft being led in hearty shouts of “Wassail” by the Master.

The picture above shows the wassailers on their way past Outwood Mill, holding their flames aloft.

The parade marched up Scotts Hill past the Old Mill House and left into Gayhouse Lane eventually passing Outwood Mill with its broken sail, which I imagine has witnessed this spectacle for centuries.

Eventually arriving at the piece of ground just beyond the Windmill where all gathered were served with Mulled Cider, which was pretty good gear by all accounts and went down a storm.

A huge bonfire was lit for the occasion and the throng all threw their flaming staffs onto the raging pyre.

Some authentically dressed re-enactment chappies with muskets let fly with those weapons to create some very loud cracks and bangs.

Presently the Master of the Wassail called order to the crowd and gave a brief overview of the Wassail itself. After which he led the throng in a beefy rendition of the ancient wassailing carol to which, amazingly, most of us could follow the words to. This was sung with much gusto and the trees were also wassailed.

After the singing a brief, but nonetheless exciting, fireworks display lit up the sky on Outwood Common after which it was almost a race back to the pub to get in the warm and have a scotch or two (purely to keep out the cold you understand).

Its a delight to see these old customs kept alive and particularly in the village with Englands Oldest Working Windmill!

Well done to the organisers and to The Bell Inn for their hospitality on the night. We’re already looking forward to it next year!

There are more pictures of the Wassailers passing Outwood Mill in the Outwood Mill Gallery

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.

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.

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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 Commissions Video Clips About The Mill

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Outwood Mill is going “Viral” online!

Outwood Post Mill have commissioned the renowned film production company, Video Productions Hampshire to produce a series of ten short clips for us in online promotions.

Dave Gosley, MD of Video Productions Hampshire said:-

We’ve been involved in some unusual filming over the years but this is first for us filiming a windmill and such a prestigious one as Outwood Mill.

Dave went on to say:-

“I can see how people get captivated by the age and incredible engineering that went into building Outwood Mill, its truly a captivating piece of architecture and a mechanical marvel as well”

Outwood Mill chose Video Productions Hampshire to produce these films after seeing some of their other video work for their clients. The level of attention to detail and the quality of their production shone through.

In fact Dave was so enamoured with the Mill at Outwood that he offered to be a sponsor pretty much on the spot and so visitors to the mill will get to see a lot of Dave with his TV Quality Film Cameras in and around Outwood Mill as he’ll making lost of short films and other items over the summer (and perhaps a little in the winter too if we can persuade him.)

Video Productions Hampshire have already produced ten clips which have been uploaded to out YouTube channel.

Click the icon to visit the Outwood Mill Youtube Page

If you would like to get in touch with Dave at Video Productions Hampshire then click the link below to visit the website:

Link to – Video Productions Hampshire

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