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

April to September.

Third Sunday in the month 2 to 5pm

Find & contact

Finchingfield Post Mill, Duck End, Finchingfield, Braintree, CM7 4NA
Get directions

0345 603 7624

country.parks@essex.gov.uk

Parking & prices

Some parking along the B1057.

Visit the MiPermit portal page.

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.

Accessibility

Information on access to Finchingfield Post Mill can be found on AccessAble, formerly Disabled Go.

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