Sutton Mill, someday

sutton-01Whoa, that’s a big’un.

With the removal of Press’s Mill in 1905, this nine-storey marvel took the mantle of tallest windmill in East Anglia, and one of the largest to remain in the entire country. Sadly it hasn’t had the most fortunate existence, with a number of fires and lightning strikes over the course of its life – the last of which bringing its career to an end in the 1940s – and today it stands rather tatty and derelict and a number of motions to renovate have fallen through. I remember being somewhat disillusioned by its state as a child, feeling that my namesake deserved better. It’s sheer size gives it an undeniable pull, but it seems a bit of a shame when you think how even more magnificent it could look.

So, with all that, I thought I’d have a go at restoring to its former glory. I took a relatively recent reference photato and gave it all the bells and whistles of the heyday. It’s a quicker effort than usual, and the (improvised) sails are hardly my best, but it’s the sentiment that counts. Perhaps one day it’ll once again look like this!

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18 comments
  1. Bill Fufkin said:

    It’s a good drawing, Jacob…I enjoy how we are looking far beyond the trees. On its own scale. B

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Bill! Yes, that’s what I loved about the original reference. A very smart vantage point!

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  2. Excellent drawing/ restoration job! Nice shadows, too. I wish my quick pics looked this schmick!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks ever so much! I had to look up ‘schmick’ – what a great word! Really it’s all courtesy of Photoshop, though; I do a lot of adjustments to contrast and whatnot while drawing.

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      • It’s a goodun, huh.
        But photoshop doesn’t do it all 😉 You still need the artistic eye in order to utilise such tools to your advantage! So there.

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      • Jacob said:

        Ha ha! Okaaay, I’ll admit it!

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  3. dawnmarie said:

    I love the windmills….the kind you do, not them huge industrial ones with airplane propellers.

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    • Jacob said:

      I don’t actually mind the wind turbines myself – saying this, they’re not in abundance onshore here, mostly kept far out to sea – but certainly the traditional windmills will always win!

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      • dawnmarie said:

        I live in the desert and we went to a desert lake this weekend to camp and took a different route home….oh my goodness! Those things are huge (they were on the mesas and side of the road…a windmill farm here and there) and we kept passing trucks with a single propellar being toed for further construction. Huge! Ginormous! Scary passing those things in the hail head on.

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      • Jacob said:

        Oh yeah, they’re often shipping those off at the docks around here. Quite daunting to look at the ones out to sea and think how large they really are.

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      • dawnmarie said:

        Uh huh.

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  4. gregoryjosephs said:

    This is really gorgeous. It’s also reminiscent of a lighthouse to me, which is a conclusion I’ve never drawn from looking at a windmill before. Really nice!

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    • Jacob said:

      Hi Gregory – thanks so much! You know, I never made that comparison either until I looked at one which was designed to do both jobs. They do have a very similar impact.

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