Moulton Windmill 23/04/2018
Sutton Bridge U3A Local History Group Visit to Moulton Windmill
On 23rd April 2018, many members visited Moulton Windmill,
reputed to be the tallest mill in the UK, having nine storeys and being 100 ft to the top of the ogee cap.
It was built in 1822 and in constant use until 1995. In the last twenty years a complete renovation has restored it to full wind power. (The mill was one of the buildings featured in BBC TV’s first series of “Restoration”.)
With restoration still being necessary at times, at present the fantail is under reconstruction, with the plan for the magnificent sails to be turning again this summer.
After a brief talk about the mill’s history, a guided tour up some of the floors, gave us a real idea of a miller’s life over many decades. On one floor displays and information about the past importance of woad in the local economy was particularly interesting.
For those unable to negotiate the steep narrow stairs to the upper floors, disabled access to an interpretation centre (as well as to the tearoom and shop) on the first floor means all visitors can learn how the mill works.
Our visit concluded with a welcome cup of tea/coffee and cake, plus the chance to buy flour and oats ground at the mill, or one of many souvenirs stocked in the shop.
It is staffed by willing volunteers who wish to keep this important local historical building alive for future generations to understand life as it was.
The mill will make an amazing and different venue if its recent application for a licence to hold weddings and naming ceremonies is successful.