Save Nutley Windmill

by Uckfield Heritage in Uckfield, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Save Nutley Windmill
We did it
On 4th May 2023 we successfully raised £10,500 ( + est. £1313.00 Gift Aid ) with 77 supporters in 56 days

Raising money to support the repair, restoration and continuous upkeep of Nutley Windmill.

by Uckfield Heritage in Uckfield, East Sussex, United Kingdom

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Any extra money would go towards our charity, Uckfield Heritage, for the continuous restoration of Nutley Windmill and Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre in Uckfield.

On 9th November 2022, whilst the sweeps (sails) were turning in the wind, the uppermost sweep fell down to the right hand side of the mill and pierced the weather boarding. The end lodged inside the mill, luckily missing two of the old timbers in the wall. As a result, all the sweeps have been removed from the remaining wooden stocks to make the mill safe.  The sweeps are attached to two wooden stocks that form a large X and it was one of these stocks that failed.  Both wooden stocks now need to be replaced before the sweeps can be reattached, a major undertaking once suitable timber has been found.


The cost of this repair will reach up to £15,000 and massively depletes the society's reserve for the windmill. Nutley Windmill is the oldest, only working open-trestle post mill in the country and requires continuous repair and restoration. Without funding to support this repair, the society's ability to carry out further major repairs will be severely compromised. .

We have set up this Crowdfunding page to protect the future of the windmill and allow us to keep this beautiful, historical building working and open to the public.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

7 of 200 claimed

£10 - 19 Reward

For a £10 Donation. A specially commissioned campaign Carpenters pencil. A limited edition of 200.

£20 or more

9 of 49 claimed

£20 - £49 Reward

For a £20 donation. A unique Nutley Mill key fob made from part of the shattered oak stock from the Mill. Complete in a presentation box with a certificate of authentication A limited edition of (50)

£50 or more

3 of 12 claimed

£50 - £249 Reward

For a £50 donation. A specially commissioned Smart phone and pencil holder made from part of the shattered oak stock from the Mill Complete with a certificate of authentication

£250 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£250 - £499 Reward

For a Donation of £250. A group of up to 6 people can have a half day ‘Windmill experience’. Learn about this 17C Mill with a guided tour around the mill with a look inside if conditions allow. Then sit back and enjoy the Mill’s Ashdown Forest setting with either a glass of something sparkling or a cup of English tea! (Coffee will also be available).There are a limit of 10 tours available.

£500 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£500 Reward

For a donation of £500. The ultimate Mill experience. Once the repairs have been carried out and the Mill is functioning again, two people will have not just a guided tour of the static mill but also to experience a Post Mill when it is working! Driven by the turning sweeps, this is the world of the Miller where the Mill will gently rock and creak as ancient cogs whirl and, if there is enough wind, mill stones will turn, converting grain from

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