Discover a Historic 200 Year Old Windmill

Thelnetham Windmill, is a unique opportunity to visit a working windmill, one of only four preserved mills in Suffolk.

Thelnetham Windmill stands on the edge of Thelnetham Fen. Dating from 1819, it is one of only four preserved tower mills in Suffolk. 

While working successfully during the 19th century, its condition deteriorated badly during the early 20th century and it had become effectively derelict by 1926.

It was purchased for restoration by mill enthusiasts in 1979 who managed to complete this work by 1987. The mill that can be visited today is the result of this restoration and the ongoing efforts of a team of volunteers.

On open days, visitors are able to see the amazing progress made on restoration of the mill and improvements to the site.

Guided tours are given on all open days and, weather permitting, the sails will be turning.

The mill now regularly grinds flour and stoneground flour is avaialbel to purchase when you visit.

Additional attractions include the opportunity to view a vintage Ruston & Hornsby diesel engine, the neighbouring wild flower meadow and the new Granary Building.

Thelnetham Windmill is open to visitors between 11am and 4pm on special days throughout the year. Group visits may also be arranged by contacting Chris Mills, 01379 898081. For more information visit the Thelnetham Windmill website

Thelnetham Windmill is owned by the Suffolk Building Preservation Trust, which also owns Pakenham Water Mill, the oldest surviving flour mill in Suffolk - another wonderful historic gem to visit in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond!

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