From the fire, to its restoration; with tales of Alford millwrights along the way - a potted history of Alford’s wonderful mill.
This mill is considered by enthusiasts as one of (if not THE) finest windmill in England.
The windmill was built in 1837 by the local millwright, Sam Oxley, whose business is still trading today under the name of R. Thompson and Sons. The use of five sails was quite innovative at the time and was based on trying to get maximum efficiency in terms of turning wind into power.
Lincolnshire County Council own the mill today but it is operated through the commitment, dedication and experience of local volunteers. The mill is still fully-working and they produce a range of organic flours that you can buy at the shop on the site (there is also, importantly, a tea-room!)
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