The Mill and Machinery
White Mill is a smock mill which retains its original wooden machinery and was restored between 1960 and 1961 by millwright Vincent Pargeter.
It is surrounded by the original outbuildings and millers cottage. See the ‘maps’ page for a map of the site.
Although not a working windmill the machinery is kept in top condition and the sails are being refitted.
Visitors are able to go inside the windmill and view displays of agricultural machinery and equipment in the base, aswell as seeing the actual mill machinery.
Although, for many, the Mill is the most striking part of their visit and certainly the building that is the most iconic and most often photographed, the White Mill Heritage Centre also has a number of outbuildings.
These were used by the Millers family for accommodation, including a miller’s cottage, laundry and cow shed. There are exhibits showing how the miller and his family lived and you will be quite surprised by some of the toys and games the children used to play, which are little changed.
The “out of town” light industrial estate is not a new invention, the Mill was the centre of a small estate with workshops, a forge, wheelwrights and cobblers. Some of these buildings are still in working order sometimes still used by modern day craftsmen using the same methods and equipment. Others have displays showing some of the equipment that would have been used.