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Cromer Windmill


There has been a windmill in the parish of Ardeley (in which Cromer lies) since 1222, and the tree forming the mainpost of the present mill was felled in the spring of 1679.

Milling by wind became uneconomic in the 1920s and the mill fell into disrepair. The Hertfordshire Building Preservation Trust restored it by stages between 1966 and 1998, and thus saved the county's sole surviving windmill.

The large wooden body of the mill, containing the machinery, is balanced on the massive 18 foot Mainpost, on which it turns to allow the four shuttered sails to face into the wind. The machinery is complete, but the mill does not grind.

General information.

  • Guided tours by knowledgeable volunteers.

  • Free parking - in field opposite the mill.

  • Cold drinks, snacks, books and souvenirs on sale.

  • No toilets on the site

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  • Directions

    On the B1037 5 miles north east of Stevenage and 1 mile west of Cottered.
    Post code for Satnav - SG2 7QE

    Cromer Windmill Postcode for SatNav: SG2 7QE


    +44 (0)1763 271305

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