Darwell Mill, Brightling

A water-powered corn mill in the historic county of Sussex, England.

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Trib to River Rother

1649 – 1787 Iron furnace in operation

1827 Mill advertised for sale (Sussex Weekly Advertiser)

1859 William Clark, miller (Tithe Apportionment)

To 1878 Charles and Frederick Clark, millers

1931 Mill disused (Ordnance Survey 1931 6in map)

1950 Mill demolished

For a watermill that survived until quite late, the identification of the site is almost impossible as it is buried in dense undergrowth. A difficult foray through the mass vegetation reveals a brick wall (part of the millpond wall), a wooden pentrough, discarded masonry and a tumbling bay.

This mill had an overshot waterwheel.

Full details

Alternative names Rose Hill Mill
Power source Water
Mill type Watermill
River Rother
Mill function Corn mill
Archive ID 8529
Location Brightling
Historic county Sussex
Country England, United Kingdom
NGR TQ 696 199
Latitude/longitude 50.95848017, 0.40626850



  • Anthony Bryan, Mills Research Group Database
  • Derek Stidder Research Notes, Feb 200
  • Stidder, Derek & Colin Smith, Watermills of Sussex: Volume 1 - East Sussex (Baron, 1997), p. 59


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