Twittens

Millfield Cottages

By Jennifer Drury

18th century mill

Opposite the bottom of Sudeley Place once stood the East Mill, a white post mill, probably erected in the 1790s. It had a round mill house and cottage at the rear of the later 162 Marine Parade. It was removed to Sussex Street, near Windmill Street, where it was generally known as ‘Taylor’s Mill’.

19th century cottages

Millfield Cottages, named from the original mill, are a row of small houses off Sudeley Place and probably date from the 1830s.


Photo:Millfield Cottages: off Sudeley Place

Millfield Cottages: off Sudeley Place

Photo by Tony Mould

Photo:Millfield Cottages: off Sudeley Place

Millfield Cottages: off Sudeley Place

Photo by Tony Mould

Millfield Cottages: off Sudeley Place

This page was added on 13/09/2011.
Comments about this page

The mill was moved to Sussex Street but then in 1862 on to the top of Bear Road, Race Hill, this extract from the James Gray Archive gives more details and photographs too. 'This mill, originally known as East End Mill, was first erected south of Sudely Place in 1793. It was later known as Taylor’s Mill and in 1831, was moved to the top of Sussex Street. Finally in 1862 it as removed to the top of Bear Road close to the Racecourse where it remained until 16 May 1913, when it collapsed'. from the James Gray Archive

By Tony Tree (14/09/2011)

I have an old undated photo of this mill titled "The Old Wind Mill, Race Hill, Brighton". Presumably taken in its final days as the medium-sized post mill with enclosed trestle has only two sweeps left and its condition looks parlous to say the least. I'm fascinated by windmills, especially in the Brighton area, and it's good that so many have survived: Jack and Jill, Patcham, Rottingdean, Hangleton, and the others around Sussex. It's also interesting to read how often these structures were moved bodily to new sites, as in the case of the above mill - presumably no mean undertaking given their saize and the complexity of their structures.

By Len Liechti (15/09/2011)

If you're already a registered user of this site, please login using the form on the left-hand side of this page.