TIDEMILLS VILLAGE

A Brief History

By Laurie Stonehouse

The mill was erected in 1761 by the Duke of Newcastle and was later owned and operated by William Catt and his family. The village consisted of a large tide mill and several cottages housing around 100 workers.  The tidemill was operated by water from the rising tide turning water wheels and filling the pond behind; as the tide later drops, the water in the pond flows out and turns the wheels the other way. Originally the grain and flour were transported backwards and forwards in barges via the creek and it’s entrance into Newhaven harbour.  When the creek was closed to improve the quays a spur line from Bishopstone station was put in so the grain and flour could be transported by train, Tidemills having it’s own station.  Production stopped in the late 19th century and all that can be seen now are the foundations of a once flourishing village.

Photo:Tidemills flour mill (looking south)

Tidemills flour mill (looking south)

Photo:Tidemills - 1870 (manager's house with the mill behind) Looking South

Tidemills - 1870 (manager's house with the mill behind) Looking South

Photo:Tidemills flour mill (looking north)

Tidemills flour mill (looking north)

Photo:Tidemills - 1870's

Tidemills - 1870's

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Photo:Tidemills c1930

Tidemills c1930

Photo:Tidemills workers cottage - c1930

Tidemills workers cottage - c1930

Photo:Tidemills workers cottage - c1930

Tidemills workers cottage - c1930

Photo:Tidemills workers cottage - c1930

Tidemills workers cottage - c1930

Photo:Mill from the creek - 1880

Mill from the creek - 1880

This page was added by Laurie Stonehouse on 13/03/2009.
Comments about this page

This year's digging season has restarted at Tide Mill. We are working in the farmyard & barn area on the left (east) side of Mill Drove. If any one has photos of this part it would be appreciated to help us interpret the lay out. I can be found at the museum on Saturdays or contacted through the "Contact us" link on the Museum website.Thanks Pete

By Pete Mason
On 08/05/2009

Does anyone know why the chimneys on the houses and cottages were so tall.?

By Rob Patten
On 12/12/2009

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