History

Jack and Jill Windmills

England - West Sussex

United Kingdom

  • Family Fun
  • Sightseeing
  • Free Entry

Taking the kids out for the day to Jack and Jill Windmills in England - Free Stuff!

CONTACT INFO

jillwindmill@hotmail.co.uk
Jill Windmill
Clayton
West Sussex
England
BN6 9PG
United Kingdom

ON PEAK WORKING HOURS

START END
May August
Sunday 14:00 - 17:00
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed

OFF PEAK WORKING HOURS

START END
September September
Sunday 14:00 - 17:00
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed

ADMISSIONS

Entry

  • Free for all Free admission and free parking. We are a UK registered charity, so donations are most welcome

Parking & Other

Free parking

DESCRIPTION

Our Society, a registered Charity, has fully restored and now maintains Jill Windmill - a 19th century corn windmill located at Clayton, West Sussex BN6 9PG in the United Kingdom. She is a traditional working corn windmill in the South Downs National Park.

With spectacular views across the Sussex Weald, Jill Windmill and her site have proved to be very popular 
locations for both professional and amateur photographers. She has also been frequently used as a backdrop of wedding photos and wedding blessings.

Jill Windmill is owned by Mid Sussex District Council. The Council has made and continues to make  financial contributions towards our work on Jill Windmill.

Over the years Jack and Jill Windmills have been used as television, photographic and film locations.

Jill, along with her neighbour Jack (in private ownership), stand atop the scenic South Downs with spectacular views of the Sussex Weald. The windmills are seven miles north of the city of Brighton and Hove. When the wind is blowing (as it frequently does on the South Downs) Jill may be in operation and a guide available to explain the mysteries of milling. Whether you drive up to see us and enjoy a picnic or drop in as part of a long distance walk along the Downs you will have the opportunity to step back more than one hundred years into a working windmill.

Jill Windmill is normally open to visitors from 2 pm to 5 pm on most Sundays between May and September. Please do contact us if you would be interested in volunteering on Open Days.

On Open days there is a souvenir and teashop, a free car park and a picnic area.

Admission is free and stoneground wholegrain 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.

We can usually accommodate pre-booked visits on weekdays [between May and September only] for school children and other groups. 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.   

Disabled access to windmill site and ground floor.

ONSITE FACILITIES

  • Car Parking
  • Cafe/Family Restaurant
  • School Deals
  • Onsite Shop

DIRECTIONS

Car:   
From the A23 (London - Brighton road) turn off at Pyecombe village, six miles South of Burgess Hill and follow the A273 Northwards. 
The windmills can be reached via "Mill Lane", located on the right hand side as the road begins to run downhill. 
Drivers of high sided vehicles should note that there is a height restriction bar located approximately 19 metres from the car park entrance. As a result, the northern end of the car park can only be used by vehicles under two metres high. 
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


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 countryside trails leaflets (including "The Chattri and the Windmills") which are available to download.




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