Finchingfield Post Mill

Grade II-listed Finchingfield Post Mill is the oldest windmill in Essex, built around 1756. It overlooks the picturesque village of Finchingfield.

At a glance

Opening times

Currently closed.

Find & contact

Finchingfield Post Mill, Duck End, Finchingfield, Braintree, CM7 4NA
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0345 603 7624

country.parks@essex.gov.uk

Parking & prices

Some parking along the B1057.

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At this place

  • Dogs not allowed
  • BBQs not allowed
  • Picnics allowed

Introduction

The oldest windmill in Essex stands on a hill overlooking Finchingfield, the most photographed village in the county.

The Grade II-listed post mill – also known as Duck End Mill and Letch’s Mill – is thought to have been built around 1756. It stopped operating in 1890.

It’s now owned by Essex County Council.

History

The oldest windmill in Essex stands on a hill overlooking Finchingfield, the most photographed village in the county.

The Grade II-listed post mill – also known as Duck End Mill and Letch’s Mill – is thought to have been built around 1756. It stopped operating in 1890.

The mill's four sails could be rotated to catch the wind, driving a pair of millstones. A tail pole was used to turn the mill.

This is the last of seven windmills that once stood in the village of Finchingfield. A windmill likely stood on this site since medieval times.

Activities

Schools & Groups

Our mills team can design a school group visit to Finchingfield Windmill that will release children’s imaginations and meet your curriculum needs.

Group Visits

You can arrange a group visit to Finchingfield Windmill by emailing country.parks@essex.gov.uk.

Facilities

Toilets

There are no toilets at the mill.

Parking

There is some parking along the B1057.

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