Mountnessing Post Mill

Built in 1807, Mountnessing Post Mill is the nearest Essex mill to London. Fully restored to working order, it sees many visitors and lends itself to photographs.

At a glance

Opening times

Third Sunday in the month.

April to September 2pm – 5pm.

Find & contact

Mountnessing Post Mill, Roman Road, Mountnessing, Brentwood, Essex, England, CM15 0UG
Get directions

0345 603 7624

country.parks@essex.gov.uk

Parking & prices

Lots of parking spaces outside Mountnessing village hall across from the mill.

Visit the MiPermit portal page.

At this place

  • Dogs not allowed
  • BBQs not allowed
  • Picnics allowed

Introduction

The nearest Essex mill to London, Grade II-listed Mountnessing Post Mill is often photographed and sees many visitors.

Dating from 1807, the mill has been fully restored and is now maintained by Essex County Council and Friends of Mountnessing Windmill.

History

The present mill was built in 1807, probably incorporating earlier timbers. There are records of a windmill on this site as early as 1477.

It has four floors, four spring sails and two pairs of millstones. It is in full working order and occasionally mills flour. The mill can be turned to the wind by pushing its long tail pole - children on school visits enjoy trying this.

Taken into public ownership soon after it stopped operating in 1933, the mill was fully restored and is now maintained by Essex County Council and Friends of Mountnessing Windmill.

Activities

Open Day

Tobe confirmed for 2020.

Walks

  • Around Mountnessing walk – 4 miles - explore some of the oldest settlements of Mountnessing including Mountnessing Hall, The Iron Church and Mountnessing Windmill.

  • Ingatestone and Mountnessing walk - 6.5 miles – this circular begins and ends at Ingatestone Hall, crossing countryside and passing the Elizabethan Mountnessing Hall, Church of St Giles, Padhams Green, The Iron Church and Mountnessing Post Mill. You might also spot some moorhens on the River Wid.

Eat & Drink

You can picnic at the playing fields near the mill.

Schools & Groups

Arrange a group visit to Mountnessing Windmill by emailing country.parks@essex.gov.uk.

Volunteering

Friends of Mountnessing Mill help maintain the mill and guide the public on open days. Getting involved is a great way to meet people, learn more about the mill and ensure its future.

If you have some knowledge of mills or historic buildings you could share with visitors, and you are physically fit and able to help people up the steep stairs safely, please contact Karl Afteni on 01277 354536.

Facilities

Toilets

There are no toilets at the mill.

Parking

There are many parking spaces outside Mountnessing Village Hall next to mill.

Accessibility

Information on access to Mountnessing Post Mill can be found on AccessAble, formerly DisabledGo.

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