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South Ockendon - a 19th century windmill

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The windmill at South Ockendon

The windmill in South Ockendon was built at the beginning of the 19th century. It blew down in November 1977, thus ending an association with milling on the site dating back to as early as 1295. This photograph is from "Grays Thurrock - a pictorial history" by Barry Barnes. Panorama 34 contains an article on South Ockendon Windmill - South Ockendon Mill.

In 2007, the Thurrock Local History Society was given the following four pictures of South Ockendon windmill and its surrounding area by Robert Shave. They had been taken in April 1977 and show the mill a few months before it collapsed.

The pictures show:

  • the windmill itself, showing obvious signs of damage and the need for considerable repair work;
  • the mill viewed from the grounds of South Ockendon Hall, looking across the moat which provided additional power to the mill;
  • a bridge across the moat;
  • the gatehouse beside the moat.

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