Pictures of Highdown

Millers Tomb

You can see the Millers Tomb as you walk up Highdown to the top of the hill. John Oliver was the miller back in 1709. It is said that he was involved in smuggling and used the sails of the windmill to signal when the excise officers were not around.

He built his own tomb when aged 56. He made his coffin on casters and kept it under his bed. He eventually died in 1793 aged 84. The tomb was recently vandalised but has been rebuilt.

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