Meopham Windmill (formerly known as Killick Mill) was built in 1819 by the three Killick brothers reputedly from old ships timbers purchased from Chatham Dockyard. It is one of a handful of six-sided smock mills in the UK, eight being the usual number. The mill’s black smock tower stands on a brick base of two storeys. The mill stands preserved with all its milling machinery including three pairs of millstones. The Windmill is a grade 2* listed building. It is now owned by Kent County Council and leased to the Meopham Windmill Trust, which also owns the land around the mill (the 'Windmill Garden'). The former engine shed is currently used by Meopham Parish Council as its Parish Office. The hexagonal base of the windmill is often used for Parish Council meetings and forms a very unusual council chamber, possibly the only one of its kind in the country.
Kent has many other interesting windmills. The website for the Union Mill in Cranbrook has an excellent page of links to other windmills in Kent that are open to the public.
The Windmill is currently under restoration to working order. It will be closed to the public except on a limited basis for most of 2023 and will reopen fully in 2024. For more information, please contact the Meopham Windmill Trust: email@example.com
Home History Restoration Fund Raising Mechanical Details News Update
NEWSSeptember 17th 2022
The Windmill floodlit in purple to commemorate the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II
September 18th 2022
Work on renovation of the Windmill is about to begin. This will begin by dismantling and lowering the sweeps and cap and that will require a large mobile crane and a mobile elevated work platform (or ‘cherry picker’) to be brought onto the Windmill site.
Temporary alterations to the site will be needed in order to allow the crane and cherry picker to get close to the base of the windmill. Part of the hedge bordering the site will be removed to facilitate access, the memorial trees and the parish council notice board will be relocated.
Once restoration of the mill is complete, the site will be returned to its present grassed appearance.
Further information will be placed here as it becomes available.
This site is maintained by the Meopham Windmill Trust