Jack and Jill windmills are a well known Sussex landmark up on the Downs just north of Brighton. Jill windmill has been in the care of a trust dedicated to her preservation since 1978 and can be visited by members of the public. Jack windmill has been in private ownership as a residence for many years and glimpses inside are less easy to come by.
Permission was granted to enter and make this short film showing the inside of this extraordinary place. The five floors that make up Jack have been put to a variety of uses over the years, including an observation tower in World War 2; indeed the blackout screens designed to cover each of the windows are still there to see. One floor is given over to a consecrated chapel. Views right up into the inside of the dome are also seen, showing the extraordinary workmanship that went into its construction.
In addition, there is also an old granary which is connected to Jack by an underground passage. A mill that predates Jack called Duncton Mill was partly demolished to make way for Jack’s sweeps, but a remaining roundhouse is attached and this is also looked at.
Constant running commentary throughout.