In a SMOCK MILL, of which Cranbrook Union Mill is a fine example, the main body of the mill remains static and only the cap rotates with the sails. The lower half of the body is constructed of brick and the upper half of stout timber framing clad in lapped wooden boards, known as weatherboards. Because the mill was so much higher and the sails further from the ground to catch more wind, staging
had to be constructed to enable the miller to gain access to the sails.
Most of the surviving windmills in Kent are of this type. Pictures of these can be found on the Links page.