Inspiration for an artist
When the artist JMW Turner visited in 1795 he began a watercolour of the windmill showing the sea lapping at the bottom of the hill on which the mill stands. A copy of this unfinished painting can be seen in the windmill kiosk.
A vital part of the community
For two centuries the windmill provided a service for the local community and work for generations of millers. Little is known about the millers although in January 1811 the Hampshire Chronicle reported that 'Mr Cook, miller of Bembridge [was] found frozen to death by his own mill'.
Visit the windmill early in the year and you may still find the wind whistling through the mill’s windows but it's hard to think that Mr Cook died solely from the cold.