Derek has windmills on his mind


As a session musician and pianist Nick Nicholas, he recorded Windmills of Your Mind on his debut album with Decca in 1969.

Now author Derek Nicholas has released a new book proving that 46 years later, windmills are still very much on his mind.

Derek’s new book, Windmills of Sussex, describes past and present Sussex windmills in detail, both technically and historically.

The book, which was published in August, contains 128 pages illustrated with more than 180 vintage photographs.

Derek, who lives in Bexhill, said: “The collection has been researched over many years in local record offices and archives, as well as using newly available 19th century newspapers and early maps of Sussex.

“It is probably the most complete account of windmills in Sussex to be published in recent years.”

Fine examples of working windmills in East Sussex can be found in Nutley, Stone Cross and Polegate, and Herstmonceux, soon to be fully working.

Derek said: “These mills, and many others, are usually open to the public, on summer Sunday afternoons and Bank Holidays, National Mills Day during May and at various other times.

“Sussex Mills Group publish an excellent leaflet giving details and visiting times of Sussex windmills and watermills open to the public; this can be found on their excellent website at

“Readers will discover the wealth of industrial archaeology available in our county of Sussex together with the wonderful scenic views from many of the sites.”

Windmills of Sussex is published by Stenlake Publishing at £20.

Order direct from Stenlake Publishing be calling 01290 551122 or email The book is also available from bookstores, local windmills and online at Amazon and Waterstones.

Sussex Mills Group promotes the study and the restoration of mills and associated artifacts within East and West SussexMany of our Members are actively involved in the restoration and maintenance of Sussex mills.

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