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Great Chishill Windmill

Great Chishill windmill is one of the very few surviving open trestle Mills. It was built in 1819 on the site of an earlier mill that provided several timbers for the rebuild. It is the only such mill with a fantail for automatic winding. It was in use, grinding grist for animal feed, until 1951 and was fitted with a new trestle and weatherboarding in 1967. The machinery is virtually complete but currently inoperable.

In 2014, Great Chishill Windmill Trust leased the mill from Cambridgeshire County Council for 125 years with an agreement to undertake major restoration. The Trust contracted Bill Griffiths (MillBill Millwrights) to address the stabilisation of the trestle and the general dilapidation of the buck and tail. The old weatherboarding was stripped from the buck in 2017 and many structural timbers including the corner posts and weatherbeam required considerable remedial work before re-boarding could be undertaken.

The tail carriage and superstructure was rebuilt in the early part of 2019 and the mill is due to be opened at a ceremony on June 8th 2019. It will then be open to the public on prearranged open days or by request.

Opening times - see calendar: To see all events, pull the scrollbar down and up several times or press "look for more" repeatedly.

Viewing by appointment

The mill is not currently open to the public but visits can be arranged

Note: visitors to the mill please note instructions on site regarding parking. The owners of the Mill House next to the mill do not have keys to the windmill.

David McKeown
01763 838087



Barley Road
Great Chishill

Grid reference - TL 570 705
OS Sheet - 154

Great Chishill Windmill