Chilham Castle Horse Wheel, Chilham

A animal-powered pumping mill/wheel in the historic county of Kent, England.

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This castle is open to the public and there is a fine and rather early example of a horse wheel for pumping water which is behind the main building under a tiled roof. The engine consists of an upright shaft with a 1.82m (6ft) diameter gear wheel with wooden face gear. This engages with the cast-iron gear wheel mounted on the crank rods of the pumps. At present the pump gear and frame has slipped and the gears do not meet. It is a pity that this wheel has not been restored.

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Power source Animal
Mill type
Mill function Pumping mill/wheel
Archive ID 10986
Location Chilham
Historic county Kent
Country England, United Kingdom
NGR TR 065 534
Latitude/longitude 51.24238700, 0.95712350



  • Major, J. K. Animal-Powered Engines, (B.T. Batsford Ltd London, 1978)


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