Hammer Mill, Biddenden
Rob Cumming Inspection 6/7/1985 :- “This is a brick building with a weatherboarded front and gabled roof. The mill closed in 1914 but it restarted in 1928 and finally finished work in 1932. The mill has been semi-derelict for many years, and is still owned by the last miller, Mr Hall. The overshot wheel is alleged to have been made by Armfields of Ringwood, Hampshire, although I could not find a nameplate, and this seems unlikely, given the distance. It measures 12ft x 6ft, and all of the wooden buckets have been removed. The cogpit is very difficult to access because of a collapsed wooden encasement, but all the gear is iron. The pitwheel is 10 feet in diameter and engages with a 3’ wallower. The spur wheel is 9’ with 8 arms, engaging with two iron stone nuts. The tuns and furniture around the stones are missing. The crown wheel measures 3’ 10” and is a compass arm wooden gear. The sack hoist has an unusual wooden drum. Also present is a flour dressing reel which apparently came from a steam mill at West Malling.”
The mill remained unconverted in 2011, with the owner apparently interested in conservation.
|River||Tributary to Beult|
|Mill functions||Corn mill|
|NGR||TQ 820 382|
Alan Stoyel, Mills Archive Foundation Trustee