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
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.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we publish the results once we have pinned down who our Mystery Man is.
Outwood Mill is becoming “Big” in the Social Networking arena!
After a dedicated marketing campaign by “webdesignhaus.co.uk” (Our internet design & Marketing partner) the dedicated twitter following for Outwood Mill has now exceeded over 1,000 people and/or organisations.
The nett result of this has been a definite increase in visitor numbers to Outwood Mill and more bookings for Schools, Scouts and other organisations.
Interestingly, because of the way webdesignhaus have targeted the right kind of followers for us in Twitter we have seen a large number of enquiries from National and International media publications and have been mentioned on Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show, The Independent Newspaper, The Times Educational Supplement and even by National Geographic who are considering doing an article on the Windmill at Outwood.
We know that as our investment into marketing begins to bear fruit the benefit to the Mill and Outwood Village will be enormous.
Watch this space as with the expertise being provided to us by WebDesignHaus it won’t be long before we are reporting that we’ve hit 5,000 dedicated followers.
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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.
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