Cranbrook Union Windmill

Published: Friday 7th Mar 2014

Written by: Carol Attwell

This year is the Bi Centenary year for the Cranbrook Union Windmill and has been quoted as being "The finest windmill in England".  Mary Dobell had the Windmill built in 1814 by a local Millwright for her son but in 1819 the Windmill was taken over by a union of creditors.  This was as a result of the economic depression following the defeat of Napolean in 1815 as the demand for flour fell dramatically.

Today the Windmill is open for guided tours by private groups, school parties and can even be booked for children's birthday parties.

Did you know?  

  • It is the tallest Smock Windmill in England at 72 feet high with unique, panoramic views of Cranbrook
  • The sweeps were used to send singnals - some say to smugglers!
  • The Windmill is managed by volunteers and whenever there is sufficient wind, wheat is ground and the Stoneground Wholemeal Flour is sold in the Mill Shop
  • It is an ideal place to visit on a sunny day or even on a wet day, but only if you have a good head for heights!

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Carol Attwell
Carol Attwell


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