Listed Building Grade II
- Tapered windmill tower dating from the late 19th century (circa 1880), generally agreed to be on the site of an earlier post or smock mill which burnt down in 1853. Although one of the last windmills to be built in Northumberland, it seems to have ceased operating in the early 1900s. Some of the interior floor beams and gearing for internal machinery survives. It seems that the mill also had an external steam engine, used when the wind dropped.
'The outer wall has curve-profiled corbels and high-level sockets which indicate a former reefing stage. It remains fairly intact internally, but with rotted floors. The machinery includes a mortised great spur, with iron stone-nuts to under-driven millstones.'
[Stafford Linsley's annotation]
STEAM ENGINE, TOWER MILL
- LATE 19TH CENTURY Probable date of construction. A date of 1880 is suggested by oral accounts - if correct, it would makeWoodhorn Mill the last windmill to be built in Northumberland.
- EARLY 20TH CENTURY Mill seems to have ceased operation. Cap removed.
- 1969 Sail-stocks and windshaft removed and broken up.
- 1970s Tower cleaned and restored.
ALCAN: Financed restoration.
- It is generally agreed that Woodhorn Mill occupies the same site as a 17th century windmill owned by Lord Widdrington.
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- Northumberland SMR
- Pevsner, N., Richmond, I., Grundy, J., McCombie, G., Ryder, P. and Welfare, H. (2001) The Buildings of England: Northumberland. London, Penguin Books, pp.633-634
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