The Argos Hill Windmill has stood at the highest point of the High Weald since 1835. It ceased to be a working mill in the late 1920s but remained a well loved landmark. After falling into disrepair and in 2002 being placed on the ‘At Risk’ register by English Heritage the Friends of Argos Hill Windmill worked towards a restoration of the grade 2* listed building. For some years the mill was shrouded in scaffold and plastic sheeting.
Once a charitable body, the Argos Hill Windmill Trust, was formed the fortunes of the windmill improved. Grants were sought and eventually millwrights started work to repair the rotten timbers that supported the structure thus stabilising it. A team of retired volunteers have used their considerable skills since then on a regular basis and at last the mill looks beautiful again. Restoration is still ongoing and this situation is expected to continue for some time, but this year visits on a series of Open Days have proved popular and show how well-loved the windmill is.
Full details of Open Days and the story of the restoration together with a virtual tour of the mill can be found on the website argoshillwindmill.org.uk
together with information on how to support the Friends of Argos Hill Windmill.