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.
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
25 June 2013 Last updated at 21:37 BST
Two landmark mills on the Sussex Downs, affectionately known as Jack and Jill, could be seen “dancing in the wind together” for the first time in living memory.
Post mill Jill is in working order after years of preservation by enthusiasts, while the new owner of tower mill Jack plans to replace its cap and sweeps to bring it back to working order for the first time since 1906.
Robin Gibson spoke to Jack’s owner Jolyon Maugham, and Jill trustee Paul Barber.
Source: BBC – Watch a Video
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.
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.
In celebration of the Queens Diamond Jubilee A Beacon was lit tonight (Monday 4th June 2012) on Outwood Common Just opposite the famous Outwood Windmill.
The photograph shows the light of the Beacon reflecting in the night sky off the underside of one of the sweeps and the beacon surrounded by the villagers of Outwood.
The history of these types of beacons is believed to have started in the reign of Queen Elizabeth the First when beacons were lit between Plymouth and London to alert the Queen to the passing of the Spanish Fleet in the English Channel giving forewarning of a potential invasion of Spanish Ships right down into the Thames. Fortunately – history shows that they never made it.
Beacons were lit all over the UK today to mark the occassion of the Jubilee and has it has done the Old Windmill on Outwood Common has stood by and borne silent witness to these important events.
For a larger version of this picture – please visit our gallery.
Six teenage boys have been arrested after an historic windmill in Friesland, Holland was burned to the ground over the Easter weekend.
The Windlust mill in the village of Burum dates back to 1787 and played a key role in hiding fugitives from the Germans during the Second World War.
It was reduced to cinders in a fire on Sunday night which police believe was started by local youths letting off fireworks.
Four boys from Burum, in the north-eastern corner of the province, and the nearby town of Dokkum, aged between 12 and 14, were arrested in the days after the fire and have since been released.
On Wednesday police announced that two boys aged 14 and 15 from Kollum, between Burum and Dokkum, had been detained.
During the Second World War eight refugees were hidden in the cellar of the village church, which overlooked the windmill. The miller used the formation of the sails to let the fugitives know when it was safe to come out.
In 1997 it was sold to the district council in Kolummerrand to be restored.
The full story is reported here:
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
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.
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.
We look forwards to seeing you there and sharing with you.
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.