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 KCC WINDMILLS DISPOSAL CONSULTATION

THE REPORT ON THE CONSULTATION AVAILABLE HERE.

UNFORTUNATELY, THE KCC COMMITTEE MEETING FOUND IN FAVOUR OF THE REPORT PROPOSING THE DISPOSAL OF THE WINDMILLS.  THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT SUPPORTED US TO MAINTAIN KCC SUPPORT FOR THE IMPORTANT HERITAGE THAT IS THE KENT WINDMILLS. WATCH THIS SPACE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT...

 

The Drapers Windmill Trust invites you to
explore Margate's only working Smock Mill

Notices

The country celebrated its many and varied windmill and water mill sites during the NATIONAL MILLS WEEKEND in May and, as part of that, Drapers Windmill had a very popular open weekend.

Nationally, you can find out more about this special weekend here: https://www.spab.org.uk/mills/NMW

 

 

Opening Times

Summer opening
This runs on Sunday afternoons from the start of June, until late September.  For more information please click here. Additional public events will be advertised here on our website.
Group visits
If you wish to bring a group to visit us outside of these times, please telephone 07985 147563 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information
Out of season
The windmill is currently only open by appointment or when volunteers are on site. We reopen fully to the public on Sunday 2nd June, 2024.
Contact
If you wish to visit the windmill, please contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via telephone on 07985 147563. Bookings can sometimes be made at short notice as there are often volunteers on site who would be happy to show you around.
 

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The Drapers Mill team publish an occasional newsletter containing the latest news, event updates and interesting facts.  If you would like to have a copy emailed to you, then do please subscribe via this link and add your contact details.  We look forward to hearing from you!

The trust is very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their kind support for our windmill in 2018.  They have enabled us, amongst other things, to commission a film about the windmill and its history, so that those who are less able to climb the stairs can still enjoy the windmill to its full capacity.

In a shed at the rear of the windmill sits our 1920 Crossley gas engine, installed to enable the mill to operate without the need for wind. It celebrates its 104th birthday this year.

The Crossley Brothers gas engine, a Type GE117, was originally outshopped from their Openshaw works, in Manchester on 24 April 1920. An order was originally received from the well-known hairbrush manufacturer, Messrs Mason Pearson Brothers, whose works were at Royal Victor Place in Old Ford, East London.

It is rated at 28hp/31bhp and fitted with a 6ft 6in flywheel. The engine has an all-up weight of 4 tons, engine erectors from Crossley's London showrooms and workshops installed the engine into the specially prepared engine room. It was connected to the local town's gas supply. This engine then drove the factory shafting to the woodworking machinery on the belt. Over the years, it was fitted with two sets of cylinder liners and pistons and a set of new piston rings in the early 1960s.

Sometime later, it was removed from the works and put into store in London. In 1997 it was acquired by the Drapers Windmill Trust and installed by experts into the engine room, where today it can be seen running sweetly and is greatly admired.

It should be noted that Mason Pearson are still trading today, manufacturing high-quality hairbrushes as well as other hair products, with a shop in Old Bond Street, London, as well as other outlets worldwide. Their factory today is in Rainham, Essex, and they are in their 138th year of manufacturing.  They attended the 100th anniversary of their old Crossley gas engine.

Tim Keenan, April 2020

Millwrights from IJP Owlsworth were with us on 21st and 22nd February, 2018, and the fully refurbished sweeps were returned from their workshops near Reading.

The first pair of sweeps were fitted successfully on Wednesday morning, but despite heroic efforts by the team, rising wind speeds and failing daylight prevented the fitting of the second pair. The wind was much stronger on Thursday and so the work had to be halted and the second pair were fitted later. 

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 complete and the restored cap has been returned to pride of place at the top of the Windmill.

The following photos were taken in early March 2017 and show the work being done as part  of the cap restoration. 


Photo credits all Drapers Windmill Trust.

Millwrights from IJP Millwrights working on the Cap in March 2017

 

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NEWS

(Jan 2024) The Kent County Council (KCC) public consultation on disposing of the eight windmills that they own (including Drapers Windmill) has now closed.  We will post updates as they happen.

(Feb 2024) KCC have received over 2,000 responses to their consultation.  If you are one of the responders thank you very much.  These are now being reviewed and the analysis will be going to the cabinet committee for discussion shortly.

Link to the KCC consultation poster

Link to see the Cranbrook Windmill's response

(Courtesy of KM Online)

 

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