Next event – Christmas songs at the Mill, Sunday 11th December 2022

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About Us

Welcome to the Friends of Bocking Windmill Website.

Bocking Windmill is a listed ancient monument consisting of five floors with a fascinating history.

Although, sadly, not a working windmill much of the original machinery is still in place.

We have a collection of artifacts many of which would have been used in the milling process.

On the ground floor, there are a number of computer presentations which include a photographic tour, especially useful for those visitors unable to climb the four sets of steps.

Some scale models are gradually being produced which are intended to give visitors a closer look at the workings of parts of the windmill.

We hold open days and conduct group visits by appointment and have knowledgeable guides who will explain the workings of the windmill from the very top to the bottom.

 

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History

The windmill is a post mill with a two-story roundhouse and has been in Church Street Bocking since 1721. It was moved 200 yards up the hill to its present site in 1829 by John English Tabor. It was valued at £270, £208 of this was to repay a debt owing to Tabor.

The mill was worked until 1929 when it was presented to Bocking Parish Council by Mr Edward Tabor.

Then it gradually fell into disrepair until 1962-3 when it was restored partly by public subscription and partly by Braintree and Bocking UDC.

The Friends of Bocking Windmill was formed at that time and has continued to open the mill to the public until the present day.

In 2017 Braintree District Council became responsible for the opening of the Mill with the friends becoming volunteers.  In 2019 Millwright Bill Griffiths carried out a re-paint of the Mill exterior and further repairs

 

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Contact Us

Appointments for Private viewings and tours can be arranged for groups, schools, clubs or individual, a minimum donation of £5 per person up 3 people is required, You can make your enquiry by using out contact form below or you can call us on 01376 552525.

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Location

There are no parking or toilet facilities at the mill but vehicles may be parked in Church Street. There is a small grassy picnic area.