Otterden Place, Maidstone

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

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This Elizabethan house has been converted into flats but the fine rope-winding horse wheel remains in a courtyard at the back of the house. This machine is a larger version of the one at Mierscourt, Rainham. It is set under a tiled roof which extends from the engine to the well head: a distance of 15.5m (51ft). The reason for this is that the well was dug first and at a later date the horse engine was added. It could not be built close to the well but had to be built in a part of the yard where there was room for the horse to walk round the winding drum.

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Power source Animal
Mill type
Mill function
Archive ID 10993
Location Otterden Place, Maidstone
Historic county Kent
Country England, United Kingdom
NGR TQ 946 542
Latitude/longitude 51.24893818, 0.78214098



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


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