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Ifield Watermill

Crawley

Type:Water Mill

Hyde Drive, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 0PL

Tel: +44 01293 539088

Ifield Watermill

About

Ifield Watermill is a working corn mill. It demonstrates continual land use from the Roman period to the current day. It is unique in Sussex as it is the only working watermill which is directly powered by its original water source - the Ifield Millpond. It has displays covering the local history of Ifield as well as displays on milling and agriculture. The Mill has four floors of exhibitions on milling and the agricultural history of the area. The Society also provides illustrated talks and arranges private visits to the Mill as well as running open days for National Mills Weekend opening on the last Sunday in each of the summer months.

The mill, derelict in 1970, has been lovingly restored over the last 35 years by a dedicated team of volunteers, but over time the waterwheel rotted once more and for the last year the mill was unable to operate normally. However, after a long campaign and help from local oganisations and Crawley Council, the wheel is being rebuilt in iron with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Work has now started and the wheel should be up and running before the New Year.

Crawley Museum Centre and Ifield Watermill are also open by appointment – please phone 01293 539088, and we shall be happy to accommodate you.

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