Many thanks to Clive Bonny for sending us this great Argus article on Rottingdean Windmill:
Rottingdean windmill holds an interesting history because it’s traditionally associated with Lot Elphick, a local smuggler.
In 1970, The Argus revealed the association between the smuggler and the 250-year-old windmill.
Elphick owned many small sailing ships which landed on the Rottingdean beaches at a time when there were three windmills on the beach.
Elphick imported illegal French wine, spirits and lace over night to be stored in the windmills, leaving Rottingdean windmill forever associated with the local smuggler.
The windmill became the talk of the classroom again in 1970, but this time thanks to a helping hand in education.
Cyril Moreman, head of woodwork and handicraft at the Fitzherbert secondary school, explained how it began: “It really started at the beginning of June when a party of 50 pupils taking a technical drawing examination made mathematical calculations of the windmill.”
You can read the full article here – Looking back: Windmills that stood the test of time…