Historic Windmill Gears Up For Its 200th Anniversary Open Day

Thelnetham Windmill will be holding a special birthday open day on Sunday 14 July to celebrate its 200th anniversary

The windmill, one of only four preserved mills in Suffolk operated successfully in the 19th Century but slipped into decline in the early 20th Century and was derelict by 1926.

In 1979 it was bought by enthusiasts and by 1987 it had been restored to full working order and continue to operate today, milling flour which can be bought.

Now owned by the Suffolk Building Preservation Trust, which also owns Pakenham Water Mill and Little Hall in Lavenham, Thelnetham Windmill’s volunteers are hoping local people will make it a birthday year to remember.

Plans for the July open day include an exhibition of old photos and maps, planting a commemorative tree and burying a time capsule to mark the occasion.

There will also be an exhibition of old milling tools and memorabilia in the Granary on the windmill site.

Piers Hart, chairman of the Suffolk Building Preservation Trust said: “We are hoping people will come and celebrate this important milestone with us.

“We’d love to hear from people who may have old photos of the mill or old maps featuring it or have a connection to it in some way.

“We would also welcome suggestions of what to put in the time capsule so those uncovering it in the future will get a real taste of life in 2019.”

Other open days at Thelnetham Windmill in 2019 are:

Monday 22 April (Easter Monday), Sunday 12 May (National Mills Day), Monday 27 May, Sunday 23 June, Monday 26 August, Sunday 15 September (Heritage Open Day) and Sunday 13 October.

Anyone with old photos, maps or information can contact Giles Smith at

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