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.
Recently we had the renowned millwrights Owlsworth IJP come and inspect the mill.
Although the mill is in good order generally we had an inkling that the current set of sweeps are in need of some attention due to their age.
The current sweeps were last repaired some 10 years ago and having withstood wind and weather for that period of time has taken its toll, as expected and one of the sweep arms in particular is fairly rotten and could present a danger to visitors.
Whilst he was here, Neil from Owlsworth IJP took considerable time to look at every aspect of the mill and found some other areas that need attention such as some of the planking on the side of the mill and of course the mill stones.
Although Outwood Mill is legendary amongst the millwright community, Neil had never been in the mill (he’d driven past it a few times). He said it was a real pleasure to see inside and get a feel for our lovely old windmill.
We are now also looking for two pairs of mill stones to replace the old stones that in Outwood Mill at the moment. Whilst Neil was here we established that the Forward pair are likely to be Derby Peak Stone and the rear pair look like a pair of Burr Stones, possibly French (though he can’t be sure).
We are now waiting on Neils full report and once we have this then fundraising and grant applications will begin in earnest. Once we have the report in our hands we’ll bring you another update.