Nusrat Ghani, MP for Wealden, has visited Nutley windmill to celebrate its September open day.
Nutley windmill is the oldest and last working open-trestle post mill in Sussex, and only one of five left in the country. Its centre post came from a tree felled during the reign of King Henry VII, so at least one part of the mill is nearly 500 years old. It is thought to have been built in Goudhurst in Kent and then moved to the current site around 1835. Nutley windmill served as a commercial asset until 1908, undergone nine decades of various restoration work since then and it is currently run by Uckfield & District Preservation Society. It is maintained by a fantastic team of volunteers and funded through donations from the public.
Nutley windmill has been offering a series of open days this summer. The next open day is Sunday 10 October, 2:30-5:30pm. The windmill is also open on most Wednesdays throughout the year from 11am to 3pm. If you can give up some time to help the fantastic team of volunteers who maintain this unique landmark, please do get in touch by emailing email@example.com or by calling 01435 873367.
To make a donation of £3 towards the mill’s upkeep, text NUTLEY 3 to 70085. You'll be opting in to receive news via telephone and text. If you do not wish to receive marketing communications, text NUTLEYNOINFO 3 to 70085.
Nusrat Ghani said: “We are incredibly lucky that Wealden is the home of so many unique and treasured historical assets. Nutley windmill a fine example of the oldest design of windmill known in this country since the 12th century and I’m grateful to Brian and Robert Pike and all the wonderful volunteers who keep it the best-preserved windmill in the country and ensure that it continues to thrive. The site is open to visitors and is the perfect place to explore the rich history of milling in Sussex and to enjoy a countryside walk in our beautiful Ashdown Forest. Please do get in touch if you can spare some time and would like to become a volunteer.”
Pictured below from left: Volunteers Robert and Brian Pike and Nusrat Ghani MP