Southwater windmill destroyed in fire - May 1914

Cripplegate Windmill.

Cripplegate Windmill.

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A dramatic event at Southwater that destroyed what was a landmark. This is just an excerpt of the full report.

“Cripplegate Windmill, an ancient landmark at the junction of the parishes of Southwater and West Grinstead, standing just off the main Horsham to Worthing road, was totally destroyed by fire on Monday morning.

“Fortuntaely the Horsham Fire Brigade reached the scene in time to save everything except the mill itself, the old wooden structure burning so fiercely that it collapsed within about forty-five minutes of the fire being discovered.

“The damage, which is covered by insurance in the Guardian Insurance Office, Brighton, is estimated at about £800.”