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Downfield Windmill, Soham

Downfield windmill is also known as Pollard’s mill. The earliest part is the bottom 8ft of the tower, c1726. In the mid-19th century the original smock mill built on this base was raised by two storeys or so. Following gale damage in 1887, in 1890 the wooden-towered ‘smock’ part was rebuilt in brick, so it is thus an octagonal tower mill. It worked until 1954 when the fantail fell off. It was restored to working order between 1975 and 1980, and worked until the late 1990s.

After several years of an English Heritage funded restoration, the mill now has a new set of stocks and sails and the exterior restoration work is largely complete. The interior is still undergoing further work but the mill now turns to wind and has fully working sails.

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Usually open for National Mills Weekend in May and Heritage Open Days in September (restricted access until restoration is completed)

Andrew Kite


Windmill Close

Grid reference - TL 608 717
OS Sheet - 154

Downfield Windmill, Soham