The nearest Essex mill to London, Grade II-listed Mountnessing Post Mill is often photographed and sees many visitors.
The present mill was built in 1807, probably incorporating earlier timbers. There are records of a windmill on this site as early as 1477.
It has four floors, four spring sails and two pairs of millstones. It is in full working order and occasionally mills flour. The mill can be turned to the wind by pushing its long tail pole - children on school visits enjoy trying this.
Taken into public ownership soon after it stopped operating in 1933, the mill was fully restored and is now maintained by Essex County Council and Friends of Mountnessing Windmill.
If you are travelling on public transport to get to one of the Essex Country Parks – take a look at the Traveline journey planner.
Third Sunday in the month April to September 2pm – 5pm
0333 013 8156
Lots of parking spaces outside Mountnessing village hall across from the mill.
You can picnic at the playing fields near the mill.
Arrange a group visit to Mountnessing Windmill by calling Gemma Clayton on 0333 013 8156 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of Mountnessing Mill help maintain the mill and guide the public on open days. Getting involved is a great way to meet people, learn more about the mill and ensure its future.
If you have some knowledge of mills or historic buildings you could share with visitors, and you are physically fit and able to help people up the steep stairs safely, please contact Karl Afteni on 01277 354536.
Our mills team can design a school group visit to Mountnessing Windmill that will release children’s imaginations as well as meet your curriculum needs. Please call them on 0345 603 7624.