Suffolk

Drinkstone Smock Mill

The Drinkstone Mills site has great significance in the history of Suffolk milling.  The Post Mill was repaired some years ago and continuing interest by various parties including Historic England encouraged repairs to be carried out to the Smock Mill, which had been patched up many years ago and was becoming structurally unsound. Layers of plastic wrapping were removed from the exterior so that the frame could be strengthened and the weatherboarding restored.  Internally, original panels of plaster were retained wherever possible, along with reused timbers (many of which had previously been in service as mill components).  The ground floor below the Hurst frame was strengthened, and the associated Oil Engine House and Billet Hut were also repaired.  The cap was rebuilt and clad with aluminium sheet.