Built in 1845 by John Holman, millwright of Canterbury. Drapers is of the traditional Kentish Smock style. The windmill was originally one of three on the site, 2 built to grind corn and another to pump water. It was worked entirely by wind until 1916 when a gas engine was installed.
After the war the mills started to fall into disrepair and all were threatened with demolition. Thankfully, due to the resourcefulness of Mr R Towes, then headmaster of Drapers Mills School, the Drapers Windmill Trust was established in 1965 to restore and secure the future of the remaining windmill.
Now, 50 years on, the trust still cares for the mill and it is open for you to visit and enjoy on weekend afternoons during the summer months.
We look forward to seeing you at the mill soon!
The cap was removed from the Windmill in December 2016 by IJP Millwrights of Henley-on-Thames in order to replace the rotten weatherbeam and carry out other essential repairs to the cap. These repairs are now well underway and the trust are looking forward to the restored cap being returned to pride of place at the top of the Windmill.
The following photos were taken in early March 2017 and show the current progress of the Cap restoration.
Photo credits all Drapers Windmill Trust.