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Photo of Sunny by Jon Williamson


Henry Longhurst country : John James 1930-2010


Photo by Michael Tulley





Photo by Michael Tulley























Photo by Michael Tulley


Photo of Sunny by Jon Williamson


Henry Longhurst country : John James 1930-2010








Photo by Michael Tulley


Photo by Michael Tulley


Photo by Michael Tulley


Photo by Michael Tulley


Photo by Justin Brice


Photo of Sunny by Jon Williamson


Henry Longhurst country : John James 1930-2010





Photo by Michael Tulley





Photo by Michael Tulley








Photo by Michael Tulley


Website Design : Simon Potter & Kevin Crampton
Website Design : Simon Potter & Kevin Crampton

Apart from our Easter opening of 2 pm to 5 pm on Easter Monday, Jill Windmill is not open to visitors at this time of the year.

Jill Windmill is normally open from 2 pm to 5 pm on most Sundays between May and September.

Please click here for full details of planned Open Days for 2014.

On Open days there is a souvenir and tea shop, a free car park and a picnic area. Admission is free and stoneground wholemeal flour is on sale to visitors on an occasional basis. Please note that we do not have the facility to accept credit cards and debit cards.

For those who are unable to visit on Open Days, this website includes a Virtual Tour of Jill Windmill, detailing her design, her machinery and how she works.

We can usually accommodate pre-booked visits on weekdays [between May and September only] for school children and other groups.   For further details of weekday visits, please either write to us [advising a contact name and telephone number] or send an e-mail to Keith Cook.

Maintenance work is undertaken on most Saturdays throughout the year, when Jill Windmill is closed to visitors. Depending upon the nature of the work being undertaken, casual visitors may occasionally be granted access to the mill grounds and exceptionally access inside Jill Windmill, though such access is at the discretion of our work team. Maintenance work is given priority over visitors, so those hoping to gain access on a Saturday may well be disappointed.

Jack Windmill is in private ownership and is not open to the general public, however our Society Members are granted exclusive access to Jack on specified dates each Summer.

We welcome visitors from near and far :

How to get there :

Photo by Justin Brice

Car:   
From the A23 (London - Brighton) road turn off at Pyecombe village just South of Burgess Hill and follow the A273 Northwards.
The windmills can be reached by a short lane on your right hand side as the road begins to run downhill.
Our postcode for Sat-Nav users is BN6 9PG. [Note : This is the location of Jill Windmill and is not a correspondence address. Please do not write to us at this address, refer instead to our contacts page.]

Train:   
The nearest railway station (2 miles) is Hassocks. A footpath runs alongside the railway line from Hassocks to Clayton village.

Bus:   
Bus operators 'The Sussex Bus' [service 40X] and 'Metrobus' [service 271] run limited services on Sundays.
Please check their websites for details.

On Foot:   
The South Downs Way passes Jack and Jill Windmills, connecting them with Devil's Dyke to the West and Ditchling Beacon to the East.

Footpaths run up to the windmills from both Clayton village green and Clayton Pumping Station.

Brighton & Hove City Council have produced some 'Downs on your Doorstep' countryside trails leaflets (including "The Chattri and the Windmills") which are available to download.


National Grid Reference : TQ 303134

location map

Over the course of the year,  Jill Windmill is surrounded by a succession of wild flowers including snowdrops and daffodils. Our most prolific flowers are cowslips.
Click here for photographs


My friend Chris Baker from Clayton sent me your website with all the work that is being done on the windmill.
This was very much appreciated since my spouse Dorothy and I were taken there when we visited Hassocks and Clayton several years back.
It was a most interesting site, especially since we don't have such windmills in Florida, only hurricanes!!
The evening that we went there, we took the tour inside the mill and were treated very warmly by the guide, who was very much up to date on the workings of the mill.
Good luck to all of you for the effort you make in keeping a tradition alive.
Hope to be back there some day.
Donald A. Nicholson    Fort Myers, Florida

 


 
"A special day out for children of all ages"

 
Photo by Michael Tulley

 
Photo by Michael Tulley

 
Photo by Michael Tulley

 
Photo by Michael Tulley

 
Photo by Michael Tulley

 
Photo by Michael Tulley

 
Sophie, Nicole and Kathleen at Jill Windmill
Photographs by Michael Tulley
 

 

 

 Photo of Sunny by Jon Williamson 

Dogs are most welcome on site on Open Days,
but are not permitted on Jill Windmill's upper floors !

 

 

 Henry Longhurst country : John James 1930-2010 

Henry Longhurst country : John James 1930-2010

 

 

 

 

 


NOSTALGIC VISIT
Circa 1950, Ivan March, a mill enthusiast who resided near Canterbury, brought his family, including the dog, his sister and her son to Sussex for a day out to see Jack and Jill.

No mean feat for that journey in those days !

On Sunday 14th May 2006, National Mills Day, his Daughter Heather, now Tucker, paid a nostalgic return visit to Sussex with her family from their home in Rugby to renew their acquaintance with Jack and Jill.

photograph taken by Ivan March showing (from left to right) his wife Joan, their son Hugh, daughter Heather, his sister Molly Breeze, another daughter Diana and Molly's son Michael.  In front is the dog Rex.

They brought with them a copy of the photograph taken by Ivan showing (from left to right) his wife Joan, their son Hugh, daughter Heather, his sister Molly Breeze, another daughter Diana and Molly's son Michael. In front is the dog Rex.

 
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Jill Windmill is normally open to visitors on most Sundays from May to September

Photo : Marie Stone

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Our Souvenir Shop
Our souvenir and tea shop



Click here for a Virtual Tour of Jill Windmill




Summer

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Photo of Sunny by Jon Williamson

Henry Longhurst country : John James 1930-2010
Henry Longhurst country

Click here for a Multi-Map of our location

 


Click here for a Streetmap of our location




Photo : Simon Potter

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Photo : Roy Vass


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Millstone doorstep - Photo :Janet Thomas

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Photo : Marie Stone

Winter

Photo of Sunny by Jon Williamson

Henry Longhurst country : John James 1930-2010
Henry Longhurst country

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Winter

Winter

 

Photo by Keith Cook
The 'Third Sunday' Gang

 

Photo by Keith Cook
Asleep ?

 

Photo by Keith Cook
Who Me ?

 

Photo by Keith Cook
Cars left at owners' risk !


Photo by Michael Tulley

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Photo by Michael Tulley
 
Website Design : Simon Potter & Kevin Crampton
Website Design : Simon Potter & Kevin Crampton