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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 May 2003, 15:44 GMT 16:44 UK
For sale: Britain's oldest windmill
The windmill with its owner Sheila Thomas
The windmill could be sold for as much as 600,000
The oldest working windmill in Britain has been put on the market.

The Grade I listed building, in Outwood, Surrey, produces flour which is sold locally.

The mill is for sale along with a bungalow, stables, outbuildings and grounds extending over 1.7 acres.

Owner Sheila Thomas, 61, said she expected the property to fetch about 600,000.

Mrs Thomas, a widow, has lived and worked at the mill for 43 years but has decided it is now time to move on.

'Sad to leave'

She said: "It's time to let a younger person come along and take over and give the mill some love and attention.

"I will be most sad to leave it but I think I'm due a few holidays."

Built in 1665 by Thomas Budgen of Nutfield, the mill is 39ft high with sails 60ft across.

English Heritage confirmed it was Britain's oldest working windmill.

The mill body weighs 25 tons and has two main floors.

The mill has no auxiliary power source in the absence of the wind.

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