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Structure Name: Chimney Mill

The only surviving smock mill in the region, and the first 5-sailed smock mill in Britain. Two storey brick front, with a central bracketed door canopy, and irregular windows. Above the main building is what remains of the original mill - a tapering octagonal structure covered in weatherboard, with a wooden gallery, and diamond-shaped windows in alternate bays.

Extant: Yes

Location: Spital Tongues, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Eastings: 424110m (view map)

Northings: 565510m (view map)

Position Accuracy: 10m

Positional Confidence: Absolute Certainty

Street Address
Claremont Road

Post Code: NE2 4AL


Historical Background
There has been a windmill on this site since before the mid 17th century and this mill was used up until 1872. The mill is greatly altered – the sails were removed in the 1920s and the cap replaced with modern boarding in the 1950s.


  • 1782   Constructed as a 5-sailed mill by John Smeaton.
        Entities Involved:
              Smeaton, John: Engineer.
  • 1872   Mill fell out of use.
  • 1892   Golf Club frontage added. Building refenestrated.
  • 1920s   Sails removed.
  • 1930s   Fantail removed.
  • 1951   Windshaft and cap removed.
  • 1975   Building came into use as an architect's office. Tower recovered in 'shiplap' boarding.


The information displayed in this page has been derived from authoritative sources, including any referenced above. Although substantial efforts were made to verify this information, the SINE project cannot guarantee its correctness or completeness.


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Last Modified 26 March 2004
2002 SINE Project, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
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