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THE WINDMILL IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE REGARDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. WE WILL BE GUIDED BY HM GOVERNMENT AND KENT COUNTY COUNCIL REGARDING WHEN IT IS SAFE TO REOPEN. WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO WELCOME YOU TO THE WINDMILL AGAIN SOON
Our regular summer opening 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.
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Upcoming Events

In line with government guidance, we are currently closed to the public.
We hope to be able to arrange some special events later in the year; please keep an eye on our website for further details of these.

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, will celebrate it's 100th 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 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 in Essex and they are in their 134th year of manufacturing. It is hoped they will attend this 100th anniversary of their old Crossley gas engine.

Tim Keenan, April 2020

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