John Wallis Titt

John Wallis Titt
Identification plate for one of Titt's machines

Late nineteenth-century English mechanical engineer and builder of a particular design of large wind engine.

- John Wallis Titt

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Windmill sail

Windmills are powered by their sails.

Crux Easton wind engine
De Valk windmill in mourning position following the death of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands in 1962
Jib sails
More fully spread
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
Cann Mills, Melbury Abbas
First reef (Medieval style sail)
Sword point
Dagger point
Full sail
Full sail (Medieval style sail)
Ten Have sails open on one stock, common sails on the other, both with van Bussel system.
Dekkerised sails with air brake and patent system
Ten Have sail closed with Van Bussel streamline leading edge.
Close-up of Fok system with air brake
Close-up of Fok system with spread sailcloth
Mill equipped with Bilau sails
Berton sails closed
Berton sails open

Annular sails were also employed on large wind engines, such as the Titt engine at Crux Easton, Hampshire.


Ancient market town with a nearby garrison, and civil parish in south west Wiltshire, England, on the western edge of Salisbury Plain.

Pit Mead Roman villa mosaic, illustrations by Catherine Downes, engraved by James Basire and presented to the SAL by Daines Barrington
The High Street, Warminster, c. 1905
The Minster Church of St Denys
Portway House
Warminster Town Hall
The boating lake at the Pleasure Grounds
The former and now disused Warminster Police Station from Station Road
Warminster Community Fire Station and engine (2010)

One example was the Woodcock Ironworks, set up by John Wallis Titt in the town in the mid-1870s to make agricultural machines.


Village and civil parish in the county of Wiltshire, in the south west of England.

The village green
Victorian church
Surviving part of St Mary's Church

John Wallis Titt, engineer, was born in Chitterne.

RSPB Minsmere

Nature reserve owned and managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds at Minsmere, Suffolk.

The cliffs at Minsmere
The ruins of Leiston Abbey chapel
The beach with WW2 tank traps
The Eastbridge Windpump at the Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket.
A bird hide overlooking the scrape, with black-headed gulls in the foreground
Konik horses grazing the reserve
A bittern
Male silver-studded blue butterfly
Expansion of Sizewell nuclear power stations may affect water levels at neighbouring Minsmere

Built by the millwright Collins of Melton, it was blown down in the 1920s and a Titt windpump was erected on the site to drive the scoopwheel.

Broome railway station

Broome railway station serves the villages of Broome and Aston on Clun in Shropshire, England.

The station in 1963; the passenger platforms to the left and the small goods yard (now a light industrial estate) to the right.

In 1895 a wind engine was erected at the station for the London and North Western Railway by John Wallis Titt.

Bentworth and Lasham railway station

Between the villages of Bentworth to the south and Lasham to the north.

The remains of the station in 2006
The area of the station in 2012. The light horizontal line under the foreman's house on the left is the remains of the platform

It was designed by John Wallis Titt, and a wind engine supplied the station buildings and cottages with power.

Cliddesden railway station

Railway station in the village of Cliddesden, Hampshire, UK.

It was made by John Wallis Titt.

Hinton Charterhouse

Hinton Charterhouseis a small village and civil parish in the Bath and North East Somerset unitary authority, Somerset, England.

Titt iron wind engine
Church of St John the Baptist

In 1895 a Titt iron wind engine was installed to pump water from a spring by Bath Union Rural District Council.

Windmills in the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man has had a number of windmills over the centuries.

Mullen Guiye
South Barrule

A Titt iron wind engine was erected at Castletown in May 1892, replacing a steam engine.

Crux Easton wind engine

The restored wind engine

Crux Easton wind engine is a Grade II listed Titt wind engine, used as a windpump, at Crux Easton, Hampshire, England, which has been restored to working order.