Completion of Hog Hill Mill home studio

March - April 1985

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Paul McCartney spent quite some time at AIR Studios, George Martin’s owned studios, to record his 1980 albums. But at some point, he felt he wanted to have his personal home studio. By March / April 1985, Hog Hill Mill studio was ready for recording; and was immediately used to start recording “Press To Play“.

In 1981, Paul had acquired Hogg Hill Mill, an eighteenth-century windmill, sit in the small village of Icklesham, Sussex, as an extension of his Peasmarsh property. Worth noting that the original name is “Hogg Hill Mill“, while the studio name is “Hog Hill Mill“. Why the difference? A mystery.

From Wikipedia:

Hogg Hill Mill is a post mill at Icklesham, Sussex, England which has been restored. Hogg Hill Mill was built in Pett in 1781 and moved to Icklesham in 1790. It was working by wind until 1920 when it was stopped owing to a weak weather beam. Today, the recording studios of Sir Paul McCartney are to be found at the mill.

Hogg Hill Mill is a post mill on a two-storey roundhouse. It has four spring sails carried on a cast-iron wind shaft and is winded by a roof-mounted fantail, one of only two surviving post mills in England with this feature, and the only one where this can still be seen. The mill drove two pairs of millstones, arranged head and tail. The brake wheel has been removed, but the wooden tail wheel is of clasp arm construction.

From Alamy – Hogg Hill Mill (also known as The Mill Studios), Icklesham, Sussex, England. Paul McCartney’s studios are built around the base of this 1781 mill. Contributor: Adam Bigg / Alamy Stock Photo
Hog Hill Mill, Icklesham
From – Hog Hill Mill, Icklesham. This picture of the old mill was taken in 1951.

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