Sussex

Landmark South Downs Jack Windmill is up for sale

Jack Windmill, near Hassocks in West Sussex
Image caption The structure features prominently in the 1973 film The Black Windmill

A Grade II-listed windmill that was featured in a Hollywood film starring Michael Caine has gone on the market.

The 19th Century Jack Windmill and neighbouring mid-20th Century Mill House near Hassocks, West Sussex, are expected to fetch £1.45m.

The 40ft (12m) structure and its sister windmill Jill stand on the South Downs above the village of Clayton.

In 1973 the pair, know collectively as the Clayton Windmills, featured in the spy thriller The Black Windmill.

'Fascinating inhabitants'

Darren Middleton, of estate agent Savills, said: "This is an unusual opportunity to say the least.

"The pair of windmills, known as Jack and Jill, have been a familiar sight to people in West Sussex for many years.

"Jack has seen some fascinating inhabitants too."

The windmill has five floors and was stripped of its machinery when it was retired in 1907. The six-bedroom Mill House, was built in 1963 by writer and golfing correspondent Henry Longhurst.

Jill Windmill is owned by Mid Sussex District Council and is open to the public during the summer months.

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