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Old Postcard views around Horsted Keynes Mill
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We have used modern technology to try to improve these ancient and very faded postcard views all of which were taken around the Horsted Keynes mill. From the peoples' fashions these pictures appear to date from just before the First World War. Naturally it would be wonderful if anyone could identify the people in the pictures; please do contact the webmasters if you can help.

First a general view of the area around the mill taken from near the school.
The main thing that we notice is how few trees there were a hundred years ago.
Perhaps they were used for fuel?

Below are a collection of very old postcard views that we have just added. These will be annotated as time permits.
If you can to make our job easier by supplying any details please do get in touch.


My mothers great-great grandfather was miller in Horsted Keynes for several years until his death in 1855. He is recorded in the 1851 census as being a farmer/miller of 160 acres (presumably the land adjacent to the mill), employing a miller, a waggoner, 5 labourers and a boy. He was John Comber, born in Ardingly in 1796. His wife was Elizabeth, nee Isted, and she appears to have continued to run the mill for several years after his death, being still there in the 1861 census with 4 recorded helpers/servants as well as one of her sons, Arthur.

Clearly shown here is the fact that this is the more efficient over mill where the water not unsurprisingly flows over the mill wheel instead of the classic design where the wheel dips into a moving stream called an under mill.
The same wheel but photographed on a different occasion.
It's very interesting to see how little water was needed
to keep the wheel revolving..
Now the house itself.
Unlike the rest of this web site we don't have large size copies of these pictures available for you to download.
This photograph appears to be a Daguerreotype which ages it to the mid to late 19th Century.
Just behind one of the mill ponds.
Everything looks very neat and tidy in this picture.
Do you know the type of cart shown here?
It is reminiscent of "The Haywayne"!
Your help identifying these men (and the horse!)
would be greatly appreciated.
Please see note above for details of the miller in the 1800s.
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