Historic Lewes windmill comes under the hammer

A FORMER windmill, acknowledged as one of the oldest in Sussex, is coming up for sale at auction next week.

It is also one of the most secretive. Malling Mill overlooks Lewes, but many residents are unaware of its existence.

It is tucked away in a private location high on Malling Hill within the South Downs National Park, and the list of millers can be traced back to 1625.

Originally the mill was located lower down the hill near South Malling Church and it was moved to the current location sometime before 1810.

The present property comprises the original circular base of the mill on the present site, together with later additions.

The round living room, with a partially domed ceiling and central skylight, is augmented by a kitchen, rear hall, bedroom and bathroom.

The gardens which surround the property are a particularly attractive feature.

Clifford Dann are the agents handling the sale and Malling Mill is due to come under the hammer on Wednesday, May 25, at Pelham House Hotel, Lewes.

A spokesperson at Clifford Dann’s Lewes offices said Malling Mill had attracted considerable interest from potential buyers and the guide price was £230,000.

The auction will also feature bidding for Barcombe’s former village hall, which has been replaced by a state-of-the-art building officially opened in March by television newsreader and presenter Natasha Kaplinsky.

The old hall dates back to 1882 and it has planning permission to form a single dwelling, subject to conditions, with an internal floor area of around 2,000sq ft (185sq m).

There is also alternative consent from Lewes District Council for conversion into three apartments.