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Mark Cross Windmill in 1936
Mark Cross Windmill in 1936
The remains of this once fine tower mill form a conspicuous landmark on a lofty ridge to the left of the Tunbridge Wells-Mayfield road, from which it is reached by a short private road which leaves the main road just before one reaches the church of the village of Mark Cross.
extract from Hemming's Windmills


Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1936Windmills in Sussex by Peter Hemming ⇒ p. 86; p. 92

Historical records

c 1875Mark Cross, Sussex - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyWindmill

5th Apr 1891CensusFrank Walter, M, Head, single, age 27, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation Miller and BakerFrank WalterMill House1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusLucy W Walter, F, Mother, widowed, age 53, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation Living on own meansLucy Waters Walter [Corke]
5th Apr 1891CensusEliza Mankellow, F, Servant, single, age 33, born Crowborough, Sussex; occupation: general domestic servantEliza Mankellow

1910Windmill on fireWindmill on fire, Mark CrossPrivate collection

2nd Apr 1911CensusFrank Walter, M, Head, married 18 years, age 47, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: miller baker and farmerFrank WalterMill House, Mark Cross1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
2nd Apr 1911CensusFanny Walter, F, Wife, age 49, born Ringmer, SussexFanny Walter
2nd Apr 1911CensusEllen Gadd, F, Servant, age 17, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: general servantEllen Gadd

1913HistoryMark Cross WindmillHemming's Windmills
This mill ended its active days abruptly, being gutted by fire in 1913, or thereabouts, only the shell of the large tower remaining after the fire. It was a calm summer's day when this calamity occurred, at about twelve noon, so I am told; and so great was the blaze that it was clearly seen from both Blackboys and Cross-in-Hand Mills, some ten or more miles distant. After this I think I am right in saying that, for a time at least, the gutted tower stood derelict, until eventually the top, where the cap would be, was closed in by a flat roof, new floors built, and a new building altogether added semi-detached to the old tower, giving it a very ugly appearance from close quarters.

1936WindmillWindmill, Mark CrossHemming's Windmills

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